JTS Scholar to Keynote Asher Memorial Lecture

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

April 5, 2007, New York, NY

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss her award–winning book, The Rabbi's Wife: The Rebbetzin in American Jewish Life, at 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Annual Norman Asher Memorial Lecture at Spertus College in Chicago. The event will be preceded by a reception at 5:45 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Winner of the 2006 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience for her publication, The Rabbi's Wife examines the role of the rebbetzin over the last century, beginning with a handful of rabbi's wives who emerged as leaders in their own right. Insightful, entertaining and provocative, the books traces the mid–century coalescence of these women into a powerful group who understood the rabbinate as a two–person career. It concludes with today's spouses who select specifically defined areas of congregational life in which to become involved.

Dr. Schwartz, who is also Dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies at JTS, is the author of The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the Jewish Encyclopedia (Hebrew Union College Press). Dr. Schwartz lectures widely on the Jewish family, American Jewish life, and Jewish women's studies. She serves on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the academic advisory boards of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Women's League Outlook magazine, the Hadassah Research Institute on Jewish Women, and the Jewish Women's Archive.

A third–generation JTS graduate, Dr. Schwartz received her BA from Barnard College and her MA and PhD from JTS. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended by calling (312) 322–1743.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with Dr. Schwartz, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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