Join us for a series of free webinars for rabbis designed to inspire your holiday derashot and teaching this year.
Hanukkah: Rabbi Judith Hauptman, Monday, November 30, 2015
Purim: Dr. Alan Cooper, Thursday, March 17, 2016
Pesah: Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Yom Ha’atzma’ut: Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Shavuot: Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Tuesday June 7, 2016
All webinars will be 12:00–1:15 p.m. eastern time.
Registration is required to receive connection details.
Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS. Her research focuses on tracing the history of the text of the Talmud and teasing women’s history out of rabbinic texts. Her volume, Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice, has been called a founding work of the new Jewish feminism. In 2004, she started Ohel Ayalah, a free, walk-in High Holiday service for Jews in their 20s and 30s.
Dr. Alan Cooper is the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of JTS. He also serves as professor of Bible at the Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Cooper's publications include many articles on biblical poetics and the history of interpretation. His work in progress includes a commentary on Psalms 31 through 60 for the Jewish Publication Society.
Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky is associate professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at JTS, teaching courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. She is the author of two books and contributed three articles to The Women’s Torah Commentary. Dr. Kalmanofsky is committed to feminist interpretation of the Bible, which she believes enables it to remain relevant, opening up the text to new meaning.
Professor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, he has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center of North American Jewry, and enhanced JTS’s notable reputation and global reach.
Rabbi Eliezer Diamond is the Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS. He is currently writing a volume on prayer that will address the problem of cognitive dissonance for the contemporary worshipper and offer readings of traditional liturgy that use midrashic methodology to find meaning for the modern Jew. He is also editing a commentary on Yerushalmi Pesahim by Dr. Louis Ginzberg (z”l).
For more information, contact Rabbi Tim Bernard, JTS director of digital learning and engagement at (212) 678-8908 or
Links to previous webinars for High Holidays 5775, Shavuot 5775, and Purim 5776 are also available upon request.
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