Gender Revolutions: Shifting Notions of Sexuality, from the Rabbis to Millennials

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Event Time
10:00 AM
Rabbi Shoshana Cohen


Event Details


Gender Revolutions: Shifting Notions of Sexuality, from the Rabbis to Millennials

Mondays, 10am-11:30am PST

Prerequisite Note: Due to the virtual setting of this class, you must have computer capability, including internet access, in order to participate. A camera is also optimal but not required.

How many genders do ancient Jewish texts really recognize? Are the Rabbis sex positive? What can the Talmud teach us about how we think of gender and sexuality? As dramatic shifts in our collective understanding of gender categories re-define how we communicate and understand one another, this Jewish text-based class will seek to shed light on different perspectives and offer productive ways to have cross-generational dialogues on these issues. Together, we will explore how ancient text construct and perpetuate certain ideas and assumptions about gender, look for a multiplicity of voices in our tradition, and add our own voice to the Jewish conversation about sex, gender and sexuality.


shoshana cohen

Rabbi Shoshana Cohen is a senior faculty member at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where she teaches Talmud, Midrash and Gender Studies. Shoshana was the educational director of ATZUM's Takum, a social justice beit midrash housed at the CY. Shoshana has completed advanced studies at Hebrew University, Matan and the Hartman Institute and has Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes. She is an active member of Reshut haRabim, the Jerusalem Forum for Jewish Renewal Organizations. Lecturing in Hebrew and in English she has been on the faculty of the Drisha Institute, the Hartman Girl's High School, Yeshivat Talpiot and Yeshivat Hadar.

Event Contact
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The Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Phone Number
(310) 440-1572
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