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“What’s To Come?” Series: Rethinking Disability In Community

Hosted By: SVIVAH

May this not have been for naught, we keep saying.

What do we want our post-COVID world to look like?

Join us and these incredible educators in thinking through building something new and beautiful together. We don’t want to “go back.” We want to look forward. And we want to do it with you.

Join us WEDNESDAY 7/21 at 8-9:30PM EST in learning with Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower, Rosh Kollel of Yeshivat Maharat, who speaks from personal experience about re-working our community values when thinking about “inclusion”. Pamela Schuller, internationally known disability and mental health advocate, professional stand-up comedian, one of The Jewish Week “36 Under 36”, and one-time worst Tourette’s case in the country, will share her story and her vision for an ideal community. We will have a chance to learn together, ask hard questions, and explore a vision of the community we want to build together.

During this pandemic, all of us have experienced some element of exclusion from some spaces as well as new, radical inclusion and welcoming from other spaces. How can our increased sensitivity to exclusion and inclusion help us re-imagine what disability and belonging could look like in the Jewish community? As always, the conversation won’t be complete without you.

HerTorah welcomes Jewish women* 12+ and learners of all backgrounds. Come when you can, stay till you can’t. We just want you around the table. Hoping to see you later. And please share this with someone who might appreciate this conversation? We’d love to know her.

Questions? Email connect@svivah.org

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Rabbanit Aliza Sperling

Rabbanit Aliza Sperling, HerTorah Director, is a member of the faculty at Yeshivat Maharat and teaches Talmud at the Maharat-Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Beit Midrash Program. In addition to being the director of HerTorah, she serves as a Hartman research fellow and a Wexner faculty member. She received her ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and a JD from NYU Law School. She also authored a halachic analysis of whether a blind person may read Torah for the collective in Braille. She lives with her husband and four children in Riverdale, NY.
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SVIVAH’s mission is to empower, strengthen, and nourish Jewish women* through community. SVIVAH is a multigenerational, diverse, powerful collective of Jewish women* dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and celebrating life in sisterhood. In Hebrew, svivah means “to surround her'' and that is precisely our goal. We connect women to each other, to cross-generational wisdom, to Jewish learning, and to the resources we need, in an inclusive, women*-only space. We do this by curating Jewish faith experiences with women at the center, by producing wide-ranging programming, and by amplifying and partnering with organizations in line with our values. (*SVIVAH defines “Jewish woman” as anyone wishing to be included in a circle of Jewish women.)
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