The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, assistant professor emerita of Jewish Literature at JTS, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Hebrew College in recognition of her professional achievements and contributions to society. The honorary degree will be granted on June 3 during Hebrew College's 87th commencement in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
A member of the JTS faculty since 1969, Dr. Lerner served as vice chancellor of JTS—the first woman to hold that post—prior to which she was dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies and associate dean of The Graduate School. She was also the founding director of JTS's Jewish Women's Studies Program, now the Jewish Gender and Women's Studies Program. A longtime activist for women's rights and involvement in Judaism, Dr. Lerner played an important role in the movement for women's ordination. She was named a "Woman of Distinction" by the Women's League for Conservative Judaism in 2002.
Dr. Lerner is a popular lecturer and scholar-in-residence, and has published extensively in various areas of Jewish studies, particularly on the role of women in Jewish literature. Her publications include Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry; the classic Who Has Not Made Me a Man: The Movement for Equal Rights for Women in American Judaism; and Passing the Love of Women: A Study of Gide's "Saül" and Its Biblical Root. She has been involved with the editorial boards of Hadassah, Judaism, Nashim, and Lilith.
Dr. Lerner holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees from Hebrew College. She is also a graduate of Hebrew College's Prozdor High School.