The Still, Small Voice: A Journalist and Her Rabbi on Regaining Intimate, Authentic Conversation

Date: Apr 06, 2022

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS Online

Category: Livestream Public Lectures & Events

With Award-winning Legal and Cultural Commentator Dahlia Lithwick and JTS’s Rabbi Jan Uhrbach

Part of JTS’s Opening Season

April 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
In Person and Online

Two years ago, when the pandemic first hit, good friends Dahlia Lithwick and Rabbi Jan Uhrbach decided it was time to begin the weekly Jewish study session they’d been talking about for a while. Lithwick, an award-winning legal commentator, and Uhrbach, Acting Dean of The Rabbincal School at JTS and rabbi of the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons, found their study leading to deep, intimate conversations: about the changing nature of their jobs, the shocking anger unleashed in current discourse, and living in a society where both people and their words are packaged and judged like consumer goods. You’re invited to listen in as they share a very personal conversation both about those issues and about reclaiming the gift of authentic, honest dialogue that allows us to expand our views and nurture our souls.

The conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement

About Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate and, in that capacity, has been writing their “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns since 1999Her work has appeared in the New York TimesHarper’s, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. She is host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. 

In 2018, Lithwick received the American Constitution Society’s Progressive Champion Award, and the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2018. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Women’s Media Center’s Exceptional Journalism Awards. In 2021 she won a Gracie Award for Amicus Presents: The Class of RBG, which featured the last in-person audio interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Lithwick has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Georgia Law School, the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem. She was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. She has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court and how #MeToo impacts federal judicial law clerks. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, the Colbert Report, and the Daily Show, and she is a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show. 

Ms. Lithwick earned her BA in English from Yale University and her JD from Stanford University. Her new book, Lady Justice, is forthcoming from Penguin Press (September 2022). She is co-author of Me Versus Everybody (Workman Press, 2006) with Brandt Goldstein, and of I Will Sing Life (Little, Brown 1992) with Larry Berger. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies including Jewish Jocks (2012), What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (2013), About What Was Lost (2006), A Good Quarrel (2009), Going Rogue: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare (2009), and Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary (2008). 


All attendees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. You will receive a link to submit your proof of vaccination in your confirmation email after you register. Proof of vaccination should be submitted immediately after you register to ensure that you will be allowed entry into the building. (Current JTS students, faculty, and staff do not need to re-submit proof of vaccination.) All attendees must wear masks at all times inside JTS except when eating or drinking.

About Opening Season

Join us this spring to experience the very best of JTS. We’re celebrating our new campus with a season of events exploring the intellectual, artistic, and religious breadth of Jewish life. We’re looking to the future, with bold conversations that bring Jewish thought into dialogue with the issues challenging our world.