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Women as Seekers and Pursuers of Peace

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Historically and culturally, women are peacemakers. Now, more than ever in our recent history, our world and communities need to find a way to effect a lasting peace. United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is pleased to host Rabbi Amy Eilberg who will guide us in exploring women’s roles in leading grassroots peacebuilding efforts in Israel and Palestine, and in contemplating women’s special role in moving societies toward peace."

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She currently serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships at the center of their communal mission. Rabbi Eilberg also serves as a spiritual director and interfaith activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in 2014. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.

Rabbi Eilberg has taught at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, and has directed interfaith dialog programs for the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in St. Paul, MN. She travels widely, teaching the art of listening, dialogue and conflict engagement in venues throughout the country. In recent years, Rabbi Eilberg has been honored with awards from the Rabbinical Assembly, the New Israel Fund, and Tru'ah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

In her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, published by Orbis Books in March 2014, Rabbi Eilberg blends ancient Jewish sacred texts on peacebuilding, real life descriptions of conflict engagement—interpersonal, interreligious, intra-communal, and international—and contemporary conflict theory. The interweaving of personal story, sacred text, and theory demonstrates how relationships can move from estrangement and wounding, entrenched bigotry and fear, to positive, engaged encounter. What emerges is a portrait of peacemaking as a spiritual practice that can guide the lives of faithful people seeking peace in their lives and in the world. The book concludes with practical disciplines to cultivate the qualities of soul essential to the art of pursuing peace.

Rabbi Eilberg is married to Dr. Louis Newman of St. Paul, Minnesota, and is the proud mother of one daughter, Penina Eilberg-Schwartz, and two step-sons, Etan and Jonah Newman.

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The Susan Draper White Lectureship is named for the grandmother of a graduate of United Theological Seminary. This annual lecture is designed to bring a nationally known speaker on feminist thought to United.

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