What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? What did it mean at different times in the past? This year’s Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Pamela Nadell, author of the recent America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, will weave together stories from the colonial era’s matriarch Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter, poet Emma Lazarus, to the great justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She will lead us to see the threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place, informed by the shared values of America’s founding and Jewish identity.
As is usual for our scholars, she will give two talks based on her new book, with a box lunch in between ($18). Sandwich selection is on the registration form. Registration is required, ordering lunch is optional.
We are also making a copy of the book available at a special price of $15. The books are now at the Bet Aviv office and after you place your order, you can pick up the book at the Bet Aviv office at Oakland Mills Interfaith, the Meeting House, when it is open. Or you can get your copy on the day of the program.
Professor Nadell is the director of the Jewish Studies Program and holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University, where she received the university’s highest award, Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Her books include Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. A past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and the recipient of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Lee Max Friedman Award for distinguished service, her consulting work for museums includes the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Library of Congress.
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