Women and Jewish Law: The Tension Between Tradition and Modernity


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States

Dates: Three Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, and 22
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $35
Enrollment: 12 min./30 max.
Register By: Feb. 1
 

The role of women in the public arena of religion has changed dramatically since the mid-20th century. Across faith traditions women have been ordained as ministers and rabbis, assuming public roles in congregational leadership. How do these developments reflect on the traditions of our faith? How is Jewish law (Halacha) intractable or flexible? Examine the nuances of Jewish law pertaining to women’s roles in public life and how legal principles of mitzvot (obligations) intersect with common practice, folk belief and popular culture.


Rabbi Mara Nathan is the first woman to serve as senior rabbi of a major congregation in the State of Texas. Her focus is on building sacred community and innovative worship experiences. She serves on the board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.