Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
The women of the Bible appear and disappear in the lives of male heroes. We will study texts that unfold complex issues of affinity and otherness in four narratives: Abraham and Sarah; Jacob, Rebecca and Rachel; Mordecai and Esther; Boaz and Ruth. In their relation to their men and to themselves, these women lead a double life: each is both known and unknown to herself and to others. Intimate stranger, each resists the desire of the other to reduce her otherness.
What futures will be born of these women? And where is God in their stories of connection and disconnection?
Learning will be supported by Beit Midrash sessions, facilitated by the expert skill of Rabbi Jonah Steinberg and his students from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Students will explore Dr. Zornberg's chosen texts in small group conversations.
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire (for which she won the National Jewish Book Award), The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, and of a number of articles. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. She teaches Torah in Jerusalem at MaTaN, Yakar, and the Jerusalem College for Adults; she also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish and academic settings in the U.S. and the UK.
For more information, visit isabellafreedman.org/zornberg