Beth Berkowitz – Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, and Other Talmudic Animals

Full-length video of Beth Berkowitz's lecture, "Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, and Other Talmudic Animals."

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judaism, religion

James Room
Oct 17, 2013 | 6:30PM

Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, and Other Talmudic Animals

Beth Berkowitz

Is Judaism good or bad for animals? Beth Berkowitz hopes to bring us beyond this reductive question, with its frequent focus on the first two chapters of Genesis and Jewish dietary laws, to offer instead a more complex approach to the animal in Judaism and to spotlight some less predictable Jewish texts. Professor Berkowitz, newly […]

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judaism, religion

Scholar and Feminist Online: 9.3
Summer 2011

Religion and the Body

Dominic Wetzel

Contributors include Kaucyila Brooke, Ann Burlein, Lindsay Caplan, Janet R. Jakobsen, Ins Kromminga, Laura Levitt, Minoo Moallem, Carlo Quispe, Catherine Sameh, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Saadia Toor, Dominic Wetzel, Melissa Wilcox, Paul Wirhun, and David Wojnarowicz.

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activism, arts, Christianity, gender, islam, judaism, queer, religion, sexuality

The Feminist Ethnographer’s Dilemma

Panel featuring Orit Avishai and Lynne Gerber. Moderated by Margot Weiss.

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activism, Christianity, gender, intersectionality, judaism, policy, queer, sexuality, transgender

2011
Sep 24, 2011

Activism and the Academy: The Feminist Ethnographer’s Dilemma

Recorded Sep 24, 2011

Does a feminist perspective limit researchers' abilities to see and interpret empirical realities? What happens when these perspectives clash with the reality of field observations? A group of ethnographers discuss how their feminist perspectives can both limit and enhance their ability to analyze power structures and evaluate social change. Panelists include Orit Avishai (Fordham University) and Lynne Gerber (University of California, Berkeley) in this discussion moderated by Margot Weiss (Wesleyan University).

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activism, Christianity, gender, intersectionality, judaism, policy, queer, sexuality, transgender

2011
Apr 6, 2011

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster: Intersections of Judaism, Gender, and Human Rights

Recorded Apr 6, 2011

In this year's Rennert Forum lecture, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster '01 reflects on her work as a human rights activist, mobilizing the Jewish community on campaigns against US-sponsored torture and modern slavery. Rabbi Kahn-Troster has worked tirelessly to bring about change in US foreign and domestic policy and to educate the public about the reality of torture and detainee treatment as a moral issue. In organizing across lines of faith and politics, she explores questions of how Judaism reacts to extreme violations of human dignity, what it means to recognize the sacredness of the Other, and the imperative to remember the real faces lost behind headlines. Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster is Director of Education and Outreach for Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, where she directs campaigns against state-sponsored torture and modern slavery.

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activism, gender, human rights, judaism, policy, religion, violence

Event Oval
Apr 6, 2011 | 6:30PM

Created in God’s Image: Intersections of Judaism, Gender, and Human Rights

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster '01

In this year’s Rennert Forum lecture, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster ’01 will reflect on her work as a human rights activist, mobilizing the Jewish community on campaigns against US-sponsored torture and modern slavery. Rabbi Kahn-Troster has worked tirelessly to bring about change in US foreign and domestic policy and to educate the public about the reality […]

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activism, gender, human rights, judaism, policy, religion, violence

Diana Center
Feb 9, 2010 | 6:00PM

Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights

Helen Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life and vision through photographs, personal letters, […]

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activism, africana, history, human rights, judaism, photography, politics, race, south africa

2008
Apr 10, 2008

Ruth Behar: Impossible Homecomings

Recorded Apr 10, 2008

Ruth Behar, Jewish Cuban American anthropologist, writer, and noted feminist, reflects on the recent literature being produced by diasporic women ethnographers, journalists, and writers, addressing their contradictory and often pained relationships to their home countries. Focusing on the work of Latin American and Caribbean women, she includes an account of her own return to Cuba and her complicated search for home. This Rennert Forum on Women lecture, entitled "Impossible Homecomings: Women Ethnographers and the Places They Left Behind," took place on April 10, 2008 at Barnard College.

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anthropology, arts, judaism, latina, transnational, writing

Sulzberger Parlor
Apr 10, 2008 | 5:30PM

Impossible Homecomings: Women Ethnographers and the Places They Left Behind

Ruth Behar

In this year’s Rennert Forum on Women in Judaism, Ruth Behar, Jewish Cuban American anthropologist, writer, and noted feminist, will reflect on the recent literature being produced by diasporic women ethnographers, journalists, and writers, addressing their contradictory and often pained relationships to their home countries. Focusing on the work of Latin American and Caribbean women, […]

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anthropology, arts, judaism, latina, transnational, writing

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 17, 2007 | 7:00PM

Manifest Your Destiny: Find the Courage to Defy Convention and Create a Life Worth Living

Loolwa Khazzoom '91

Since her activist days at Barnard College, Loolwa Khazzoom ’91 has followed her passion in building an unconventional career with a DIY (Do It Yourself) attitude. A self-taught Jewish multicultural educator, freelance writer, dance therapist, and singer/songwriter, she has presented and performed at leading venues, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Harvard University, and she […]

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arts, dance, judaism, music

Scholar and Feminist Online: 5.1
Fall 2006

Jewish Women Changing America: Cross-Generational Conversations

E. Grace Glenny, David Hopson and Janet Jakobsen

Contributors include Katya Gibel Azoulay, Maya Barzilai, Shifra Bronznick, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Sally Gottesman, Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross, Jayne K. Guberman, Judith Hauptman, Rachel Havrelock, Elizabeth Holtzman, Paula Hyman, Lisa Jervis, Faith Jones, Norma Baumel Joseph, Sarah Karpman, Irena Klepfisz, Lori Lefkovitz, Laura Levitt, Khadijah Miller, Gina Nahai, Judith Plaskow, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Judith Rosenbaum, Joan Roth, Danya Ruttenberg, Naomi Scheman, Nancy Schwartzman, Eve Sicular, and Alisa Solomon.

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activism, arts, history, judaism, photography, politics, religion, women's movement, writing