Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century

Posted On May 15, 2022 / 5782 | Conservative Judaism

Eighth Annual JTS Evening of Learning

Sunday, May 15, 2022

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: 

The God of Whom?
Including the Matriarchs in the Amidah
with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond
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From Justification to Justice:
Jewish Sources on Abortion
with Dr. Michal Raucher
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A New Understanding of B’tzelem Elohim:
Biblical Text through the Lens of Disability Studies
with Dr. Ora Horn Prouser
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Racial Equity is Skin Deep:
Exploring Bias in our Texts
with Heather Miller
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Expanding the Canon:
What’s at Stake for the Jewish Community for Each of Us?
with Heather Miller, Dr. Ora Horn Prouser,
Dr. Michal Raucher, Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

Program Partners:

Adas Israel Congregation Agudas Achim Congregation B’nai Israel Congregation 
B’nai Shalom of Olney Congregation B’nai TzedekCongregation Beth El  
Congregation Har Shalom Congregation Olam Tikvah  Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies 
Kehilat Shalom Kol Shalom  Ohr Kodesh Congregation 
Shaare Tefila CongregationShaare Torah Tifereth Israel Congregation 
Tikvat Israel Congregation