In addition to his work at displaced persons camps and with President Eisenhower, Rabbi Nadich is also known for helping women carve out a role within Judaism’s Conservative Movement. He implored the International Association of Conservative Rabbis, of which he was president, to allow the ordination of women as Conservative Jewish rabbis. JTS ordained its first female rabbi in 1985.
The opening night program for the Judah Nadich exhibit will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, captain, Chaplain Corps, USN (Ret.), and former Special Assistant (Values and Vision) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. His presentation, “Faith and Foxholes: Religion in the Military,” will combine history and policy with anecdotes and personal experiences that provide a glimpse into the role of the chaplain and the challenges and opportunities facing personnel who want to be loyal to their faith at the same time they are loyal to their country. The evening’s events will open with an introduction by Dr. Sarah Diamant, Administrative Librarian for Special Collections at The Library, and include readings from Rabbi Nadich’s Eisenhower and the Jews by members of his family: Leah Nadich Meir, Shira Nadich Levin, and Nahma Nadich. Lastly, Yonina Creditor, Ensign United States Navy, will discuss “Chaplaincy Today at JTS.” The program and exhibit are sponsored by friends and family of Rabbi Judah Nadich and Hadassah Ribalow Nadich (z”l).The exhibit will run from November 7 through February 7 in the Eleanore and Ollie A. Cohen Exhibit Lounge at JTS (3080 Broadway at 122nd street) and is open to the public. Admission to the exhibit and opening is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to Hector Guzman, firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 678-8075 by November 1, 2011. Please bring photo ID.
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