Speakers Bureau


Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner


Title: Director, Jewish Feminist Research Group; Assistant Professor, Jewish Literature
Department: Jewish Literature

Anne Lapidus Lerner's research focuses on the ways in which classic Jewish texts and traditions relate to Jews today. She has been a pioneer in the field of Jewish Women's Studies and a leading spokesperson for Conservative Judaism.

Her interest in interdenominational pursuits is reflected in the 2009 "This Is My Prayer—Va'ani Tefillati: Jewish Women in Prayer" Conference that she organized and chaired. A popular lecturer and scholar-in-residence, Lerner teaches courses in the portrayal of women in Jewish literature and Judaism, religious issues in modern Jewish literature, and modern biblical rewriting. Dr. Lerner is the first woman to hold the post of vice chancellor at JTS and was one of the highest-ranking women in American Jewish institutional life.

Dr. Lerner's most recent book, Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry, brings together her interest in text and context, feminism and Judaism.

Dr. Lerner earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She received a bachelor's degree in Jewish Education and a master's degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew College in Boston.

Biography

Lectures
"Reflections of Eve"
"The Search for Meaning in a World of Chaos"
"Hearing Women's Voices"
"The Many Faces of Israel Reflected in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai"
"Grappling With Jewish Tradition in the Postmodern World"
"The Akeidah as Paradigm"
"Biblical Women Revisited"
"Conservative Judaism: Past, Present, and Future"
"Women and Judaism: What Has Changed and What Has Not"

Topics
Women in Judaism
Poetry as Midrash
Spirituality in a Secular Culture

 

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