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The Torah: A Women’s Commentary — Why Women’s Commentary Matters Now More Than Ever

July 27, 2018, 8 am6 pm.


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary,” Temple Adas Israel will host a Scholars-in-Residence weekend Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, 2018. The weekend will feature thought-provoking talks by “Commentary” managing editor, Rabbi Hara Person, and Sag Harbor native and “Commentary” contributor, Rabbi Valerie Lieber.

Friday, July 27

7:30 PM Shabbat Evening Service “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary: The What, Why and How”


Saturday, July 28

8:30 AM Continental Breakfast with the topic “Is God A Feminist?”

10:00 AM Saturday Morning Service with the theme “What Happens When Women Study Torah”

12:00 PM Kiddush Lunch and Torah Study: “Women Are from Genesis, Men Are from Deuteronomy”

5:00 PM Seudat Shlishit Reception: “Ten Years Later: ‘The Torah: A Women’s Commentary’ in the #MeToo Age”


The event is organized by Temple Adas Israel members Ruth Joseph and Margaret Bromberg (past Temple President) who have successfully piloted a monthly Shabbat Torah study featuring “A Women’s Commentary.”

Joseph and Bromberg emphasize that “A Women’s Commentary” is for all, and that is why they were so motivated to first introduce it to the community and then create this event weekend. “Finding and using this volume inspired me to become a student of Torah,” says Bromberg. “I was drawn to the study of Torah in a way that I not previously had been.”

About the “Commentary,” Rabbi Person writes in a recent Forward article:

“Ten years ago, a groundbreaking new volume challenged the historic notion that Torah scholarship was a male-only endeavor. With the release of “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary,” which was co-published by CCAR Press and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), women took a seat at the table and added new, long-silenced voices to the age-old Jewish tradition of text study. This tremendous accomplishment was recognized by the larger community as the book received the National Jewish Book Award in 2008.”

Hara Person is the Publisher of CCAR Press and CCAR’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Rabbi Valerie Lieber is the Director of Education and Family Programming at Kane Street Synagogue.


Scholars, feminists, and people of all faiths are welcome to join us for this momentous occasion.


Temple Adas Israel Temple Adas Israel, 30 Atlantic Avenue, Sag Harbor United States

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