Nov. 17-19, Germany Conference, ““The Role of Women’s Leadership in Faith Communities. Marking 80 Years of Women in the Rabbinate.“

This fall, Abraham Geiger College and the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam will mark the 80th anniversary of Rabbi Regina Jonas’ ordination in 1935 with an international conference, “The Role of Women’s Leadership in Faith Communities.

More than 40 presenters from Europe, Israel and the United States will explore the impact of women in the rabbinate and the ministry, discuss issues of leadership and authority, women’s religious scholarship and gender (in)equality today.

The ceremonial address, “The Presence and Absence of Women in the Intellectual History of the Jewish Community” will be delivered by Professor Rachel Elior (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). The Wednesday sessions will take place at the University of Potsdam in the outskirts of Berlin, with an Opening Address by Professor Pamela S. Nadell (American University Washington, DC). On Wednesday evening, Günter Stemberger’s scholarship will be marked with a honorary PhD degree, with Professor Charlotte Fonrobert, of Stanford, giving the laudatory speech. Thursday sessions are scheduled for Berlin, with a concert to conclude the conference in the evening. CCAR President Rabbi Denise L. Eger (Los Angeles) will challenge conference attendees to make Judaism bigger, more accepting and more inviting. She will talk about “Women as Agents for Future Change.”

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For further information and program updates, please contact Mr. Albrecht Dreissig: <> and visit the website.

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