San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Origins and Challenges of Reform Judaism: An Insider's Perspective and Critique
This course will focus on the historical and theological development of Reform Judaism, with special emphasis on the Platforms of the Movement (from the 19th century Pittsburgh Platform through its successor in 1999, and beyond). The course would include discussion of: ritual, social action, relationship with Israel, liturgy, comparison with other movements in Judaism, role of women, etc.
Taught by Rabbi Mindy Portnoy, Rabbi Emerita, Temple Sinai
Cost: $50/Temple Shalom members, $60/others;
minimum advance preregistration of 12 participants by February 26, 2014
Tuesdays , March 4th, 11th, and April 18th, 7:30 pm
Rabbi Mindy Avra Portnoy, Rabbi of Temple Sinai for 25 years, was ordained in June 1980 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She has been one of the pioneers for women in the Rabbinate.
Rabbi Portnoy is the author of five children’s books, Ima on the Bima (My Mommy is a Rabbi), Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School, Matzah Ball (A Passover Story), Where do People Go When They Die? and A Tale of Two Seders. Her sermons and articles have also been published in The American Rabbi and the Washington Jewish Week.
Rabbi Portnoy served for five years as Hillel Director at American University, and is a former national co-coordinator of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and one of its originators. She has been on the board of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.
Rabbi Portnoy, a 1973 graduate of Yale University in the first class that accepted women, spent a year as a graduate fellow in Comparative Religion at Dropsie University in Philadelphia. For several years, she co-taught a course at American University with a Presbyterian colleague, titled History of Jewish-Christian Relations.
Rabbi Portnoy was born in New Haven, CT, and is married to Philip Breen. They reside in Kensington, MD, and have two adult children, Ceala and Barney.
When & Where
A Reform Jewish Congregation: Making Connections Through Community, Prayer, & Learining