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Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Julia Watts Belser

April 22 @ 8:30 am - April 23 @ 11:30 am

Scholar in Residence

Rabbi Julia Watts Belser

April 22-23, 2017

The Jewish Perspective on Disability, Justice and Inclusion

Join us for a weekend of study with Rabbi Watts Belser. She will examine how Jewish teachings and values inspire both disability rights and the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community

Shabbat – April 22

Talmud Class, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Praising the Disabled Bride: Grappling with Beauty, Disability, and the Ethics of Speech (Bavli Ketubot 17a)

Shabbat Sermon
Beyond Productivity: How Shabbat Values Underscore the Politics and Principles of Disability Justice

Post-Kiddush talk
Disability, Difference, and the Politics of Healing in Classical JewishTexts and Contemporary Feminist Poetry


Sunday Morning Light Breakfast** – April 23 – 9:30 – 11:30 am
A Conversation on Jewish Sources for Disability Rights Activism

**RSVP April 19 for the breakfast here and alert us to food allergies or other dietary needs when you register.

Rabbi Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies in Georgetown University’s Theology Department. Her writing and teaching focus on rabbinic theology and culture in late antiquity, as well as Jewish feminist ethics. She brings classical Jewish texts into conversation with contemporary issues. She is the author of Jewish Values and Disability Rights; Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster; and co-author of A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities.

Rabbi Watts Belser’s visit is sponsored by Temple Emanuel’s B’Tselem Inclusion Committee, which spearheads the synagogue’s mission to welcome, value, and enable full participation by all our members and guests.


April 22 @ 8:30 am
April 23 @ 11:30 am
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