JTS to Hold “Jewish Women’s University for a Day” in Houston

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August 28, 2013, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host "Jewish Women's University for a Day" on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, October 27. The event is the first adult learning program to be given by JTS in the Houston area, and is presented in partnership with Rice University and the University of Houston. Complete details can be found at www.jtsa.edu/jwud.

"JTS is very pleased to be conducting the inaugural 'Jewish Women's University for a Day' program in Houston," said Moshe Margolin, senior director of JTS's Institute for Jewish Learning. "The event showcases the academic excellence of JTS and its local communal and academic partnerships in this vital Jewish community. These partnerships will form the foundation for bringing the Context adult learning program of JTS to Houston."

"Jewish Women's University for a Day" will celebrate women and Judaism with study sessions given by renowned scholars from JTS and other top institutions. The keynote address, titled "Women of Value: Is the Bible a Patriarchal Text?," will be given by JTS's Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky. Other speakers include Dr. Shira Kohn, Dr. David Kraemer, and Dr. Stefanie Siegmund of JTS; Dr. Sandy Frieden, Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell, Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn, and Dr. David Mikics of the University of Houston; Dr. Matthias Henze, Dr. Maya Soifer Irish, and Dr. Shira Lander of Rice University; Dr. Leora Batnitzky of Princeton University; Dr. Wendy Zierler of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; and Dr. Holly Cowan Shulman of the University of Virginia.

"The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University," said Matthias Henze, its founding director, "is pleased to host the Jewish Women's University for a Day program on our campus. This is a great opportunity of collaboration between Rice, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of Houston, and we hope that other opportunities will follow. It is wonderful that together we can offer this high-quality program to all in the greater Houston community who want to learn about Judaism."

Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn of the University of Houston's Jewish Studies Program said, "Come enjoy conversations with some of Houston and New York's best university-level Jewish studies teachers. Among subjects that range from Jewish women in the Bible to the American civil rights movement, you will have choices to engage and expand your understanding and vision of Jewish women."

The Jewish University for a Day program brings the educational excellence of JTS to a growing number of Jewish communities throughout North America in partnership with synagogues, schools, Jewish Community Centers, universities, and other local organizations.