“The Book of Jonah: A Seriously Funny Book”

JTS Professor to Lead Selichot Program in Texas

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August 8, 2011, New York, NY

Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, an assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York, will be a visiting scholar at Congregation Anshai Torah in Plano, Texas, on Saturday, September 24, 2011. That evening, at 9 o’clock, she will lead a Selichot program in which she will examine a Torah reading for the High Holidays and offer a fresh, alternative interpretation. Her talk, entitled “The Book of Jonah: A Seriously Funny Book,” will be sponsored by JTS, along with Congregation Anshai Torah, Congregation Shearith Israel, and Congregation Beth Torah. The rabbis at all three synagogues—Rabbi Stefan J. Weinberg at Anshai Torah, Rabbis William Gershon and David Glickman at Shearith Israel, and Rabbi Rafi Cohen at Beth Torah—are graduates of The Rabbinical School of JTS. Congregation Anshai Torah is located at 5501 West Parker Road in Plano, Texas. For more information, call (972) 473-7718 or visit www.anshaitorah.org.

“The Book of Jonah: A Seriously Funny Book” will enable Dr. Kalmanofsky to explore the book of Jonah, which is among the strangest and most enigmatic books of the Bible. It is also among the most beautiful and bold. Dr. Kalmanofsky will address the particular image of God that the book of Jonah portrays, as well as its singular message about teshuvah (repentance).

Dr. Kalmanofsky received her PhD from JTS in 2005, an MHL and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1995, and a BA from Wesleyan University. At JTS, she teaches courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. Her articles, “The Monstrous Feminine in the Book of Jeremiah” and “The Dangerous Sisters of Jeremiah and Ezekiel,” appeared in Lectio Difficilior and the Journal of Biblical Literature, respectively, and her article, “Women of God: Maternal Grief and Religious Response in 1 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 4,” will appear shortly in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Currently, she is working on a book entitled Sister to Sister: The Literary Representation of Sisters in the Hebrew Bible.

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