Voices of Jerusalem

Date: Apr 11, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Public Lectures & Events

Voices of Jerusalem

Part of JTS’s Opening Season

Monday, April 11, 2022, 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
In Person at JTS

Rabbi Donna Cephas, an alum of JTS’s William Davidson School, joined Rev. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, an alum of JTS’s Kekst Graduate School, Shifa Mahmood, and Katherine Vizcaino to elicit the personal narratives of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women in Jerusalem. Using a film and text of their conversations and a photo exhibit of these remarkable Jerusalem women, Rabbi Cephas, Ms. Mahmood, and Rev. Rudnick via Zoom will lead a discussion workshop of how we might connect with the personal narratives of these women and with each other in our own communities.

The workshop and a dairy lunch are free of charge, but reservations are required.

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About the Project Directors

Rabbi Donna Cephas was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in May 2021. In 2008 she received a master’s degree in Jewish Education from JTS. She was the founding board president of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a nationwide network of Muslim and Jewish women dedicated to fostering relationships, interfaith learning, and social justice initiatives. 

Rev. Ursula Rudnick is a Lutheran theologian. She studied Protestant theology at the Universities of Tübingen and Göttingen, where she earned an MA. She also received an MA and a PhD from JTS. After her ordination as a Lutheran minister in the Evangelical Church of Hanover, she taught at the Universities of Aachen and Hanover, where she is a professor at the Institute of Theology and Comparative Religion.

Shifa Mahmood began her public service career after receiving her master’s degree from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CUNY. She is the coleader of the Manhattan chapter of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. She studied Islamic texts for 10 years and was an Islamic Sunday school teacher at the Middletown Islamic Center in New York.


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 resubmit proof of vaccination.) All attendees must wear masks at all times inside JTS, except when eating or drinking.


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.