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Sunday, February 17


Unrequited Love: What Smart Women Study in Talmud
How to explain the growing number of smart, feminist women who study the unapologetically misogynistic Talmud? How do we love a text (sometimes passionately) that does not love us? Come explore how scholars Rachel Adler, Ruth Calderon, Judith Hauptman, Elisheva Fonrobert, Avivah Zornberg, and award-winning author Ilana Kurshan approach this problem in unique ways. Come away with your own lens and skills through which to learn -- and maybe even love -- androcentric texts.


Susan Reimer-Torn

Susan Reimer-Torn is a writer, published author, journalist, life coach and serious student of Talmudic aggadah (legends). Susan's memoir is Maybe Not Such a Good Girl (2014, Blue Threads). Susan holds a MA in Education from Columbia University and has spent 22 years in France writing... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Board Room (4th Floor)


Many schools — religious, private, and public — have dress codes. Yet dress codes can reinforce a culture of slut-shaming and lead to unwelcome attention to girls' bodies. Many dress codes suggest that girls’ bodies alone must be covered up and their sexuality policed. Should we try to rehabilitate dress codes, or should they be thrown out altogether?

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Miriam Lichtenberg

Miriam Lichtenberg is a graduating senior at Barnard College, studying American history and minoring in philosophy. She is currently writing a thesis about the history of Jewish students at Barnard. Miriam does not yet have plans for next year, and would love if you had any sugge... Read More →

Kayla Liss

Kayla Liss is a ninth grade student at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, and a writer for jGirls Magazine.

Siona Ely

Siona Ely is an eleventh grade student at Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey.
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Leora Tanenbaum

Leora Tanenbaum is a feminist author and slut-shaming expert. She is the author of I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet and four other books. On Instagram, she provides a platform for those who have been dress-coded or slut-shamed over their clothing @BeingD... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 8 (5th Floor)


A Forgotten Heroine: The Remarkable Letter and Life of Rachel Mordecai
Meet Rachel Mordecai, a young Jewish teacher from North Carolina who in 1815 took a stand against anti-Semitism through a daring letter of complaint to a famous novelist –- a letter which produced results. Hailed as a heroine by a generation of young Jews, she later stunned many by converting to Christianity. We will explore the life and times of this complex and strong-willed Jewish woman, touching on minority representation in media, assimilation and what it really means to be a Jewish heroine.

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Joella Claman

Joella Clamen is a Philadelphia tour guide who loves Jewish learning. Currently she leads walking tours for the American Jewish Committee which focus on Jewish history in early Philadelphia. She also works as a Program Facilitator at the Museum of the American Revolution and give... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 4 (5th Floor)


Subversive Leadership: Women's Navigation of Authority in Jewish History
In the past, Jewish religious authority resided solely with men. Women who sought to lead or set new agendas had little chance of success. Nonetheless, we have stories of deeply religious women who understood how to navigate authority and subversively claim leadership roles that were transformative for their communities and for the Jewish world. Through examining women from Yalta to Sarah Schneirer, we will draw conclusions about the nature of leadership and authority in Jewish communal life.

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Laura Shaw Frank

Laura Shaw Frank is the Director of Admissions, Placement, and Alumnae Support at Yeshivat Maharat, the first yeshiva to ordain Orthodox women as clergy. Laura also serves as the Director of Israel Guidance and a member of the history faculty at SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. A... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Board Room (4th Floor)