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JTS Evening of Learning: Expanding the Canon - Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century

Sunday, May 15, 2022 14 Iyyar 5782

4:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Location*: Kol Shalom - 9110 Darnestown Rd , Rockville, MD 

Jewish learning has long focused on texts by an elite group of ancient rabbis. What would it mean to radically expand our canon, incorporating the voices of women, Jews of Color, people with disabilities, and other historically marginalized groups? JTS scholars will introduce new voices and also offer new lenses through which to read ancient texts. Together we will explore how diversifying our canonical texts can help us create a more inclusive Jewish community. 

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Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz, keynote presentation 

Study sessions led by JTS scholars and alumnae: 

  • Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, PhD, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS 
  • Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, JTS alumna and CEO and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion 
  • Kendell Pinkney, Rabbinical Student, JTS 
  • Dr. Michal Raucher, JTS fellow and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University 

All participants must follow Covid-19 protocols in place at the time of the event. 

*Some parts of the program will be available via Zoom. More information on this will be available in the coming weeks. 

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Congregation B’nai Tzedek  
Congregation Beth El  
Congregation Har Shalom 
Congregation Olam Tikvah  
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies 
Kehilat Shalom 
Kol Shalom  
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Shaare Tefila Congregation 
Shaare Torah 
Tifereth Israel Congregation 
Tikvat Israel Congregation 

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