Sweet Tastes of Torah
February 1: 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm$15
Join us for our 11th annual Sweet Tastes, sponsored by the North Jersey Board of Rabbis (NJBR). This community night of learning begins with Havdalah, is followed by a Keynote, has nibbles of classes in the middle, and ends with food (of course!) and Israeli folk dancing.
Limping Toward the Promised Land:
How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs
A careful and compassionate reading of the Bible enables us to learn a tremendous about from and about biblical characters, God, and our understanding of the Jewish world. Considering biblical characters as individuals with special needs opens a doorway to new readings of biblical texts, and to a richer understanding of the contemporary Jewish community.
About our Speaker: Dr. Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial and graduate school in Yonkers, New York. She received her BA and PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), as well as a BA from Columbia University. She has published widely on the Bible focusing on disability studies, gender issues, and literary analysis. She has also worked with the Melton Center for Jewish Education, the Davidson School of Education at JTS, and various educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning styles. Her book, Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs, was recognized as a 2012 National Jewish Book Council finalist and as a Gold winner in the 2016 Special Needs Book Awards. A limited number of the book will be available for purchase during the evening.
Join the NJBR—rabbis of all streams of Judaism, who live or work in Bergen, North Hudson, or eastern Passaic counties—who want to share their love of Torah, their love of teaching, and their love of learning with the community.