Eighth Annual JTS Evening of Learning
Date: May 15, 2022
Time: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sponsor: Online Learning
Category: Online Learning
Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century
Sunday, May 15, 6:00-8:30 p.m. ET
Online via Zoom
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.
Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz, keynote presentation, “Expanding the Canon at JTS and Beyond”
Study sessions led by JTS scholars and alumni:
- Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, PhD, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS
- Heather Miller, Founder, The Multitudes and USCJ Board Member
- Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, JTS alumna and CEO and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion
- Dr. Michal Raucher, JTS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University
Topics will include:
- The God of Whom? Including the Matriarchs in the Amidah
- From Justification to Justice: Jewish Sources on Abortion
- A New Understanding of B’tzelem Elohim: Biblical Text through the Lens of Disability Studies
- Racial Equity is Skin Deep: Exploring Bias in our Texts
6:00 – 6:30 p.m
6:40 – 7:40 p.m.
7:50 – 8:30 p.m.
Welcome and Keynote
Study Session I (choose from a topic above)
Closing Panel: Expanding the Canon: What’s at Stake for the Jewish Community for Each of Us?
After the closing panel, we will conclude with Ma’ariv at 8:30 p.m.
Adas Israel Congregation
Agudas Achim Congregation
B’nai Israel Congregation
B’nai Shalom of Olney
Congregation B’nai Tzedek
Congregation Beth El
Congregation Har Shalom
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
Shaare Tefila Congregation
Tifereth Israel Congregation
Tikvat Israel Congregation