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Vanessa L. Ochs

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

University of Virginia

vanessa@virginia.edu

EDUCATION

  • Rabbinical Ordination, Beit Cochmah, Rosh Bet Din: Rabbi Benay Lappe (2012)
  • D. Religion and Society, Drew University (2000)
  • Dissertation: Miriam’s Object Lesson: A Study of Objects Emerging in the New Rituals of Jewish Women
  • Phil. Religion and Society, Drew University (1998)
  • Intensive Torah Study, Pardes Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (1988)
  • F.A. Theater (Writing and Directing), Sarah Lawrence College (1977)
  • A. French (magna cum laude) and Drama, Tufts University (1974)

 

TEACHING

  • Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program, University of Virginia (2006-present); formerly Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies, UVA (1998-2006)
  • Faculty, Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel (Summer 2012)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Colgate University in Departments of Anthropology and Jewish Studies (Fall 2011)
  • Senior Fellow, CLAL– the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, New York, NY (1995-2001), Dorot Fellow, CLAL (1994-95)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Drew University (1993-1997); Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Drew University (1990-1993)
  • Visiting Lecturer, English Department, Hebrew University (Spring 1988)
  • Visiting Lecturer, English Department, Yale University (1986-1987, Fall 1987)
  • Senior Lecturer, English and Writing Departments, Colgate University (1980 –1986
  • Lecturer, English and Drama, University of Maryland European Division (1978 -79)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

IN PREPARATION FOR PUBLICATION

  • The Passover Haggadah: A Biography(Princeton University Press)


BOOKS

 

 

 

Literature Review

  • “Increasing the Civic and Political Participation of Women: Understanding the Risk of Strong Resistance” LITERATURE REVIEW Prepared for the USAID Democracy Fellows and Grants Program” Authors: Vanessa Ochs, Denise Walsh, Paromita Sen, Darrah Dennis, Swati  Chawla and Catalina Pedraza . Submitted: January 2017

 

 

PODCASTS and TELEVISION

 

SELECTED CHAPTERS OF BOOKS 

  • “Contested Sacred Space at the Wall” in  Ritual Dynamics in Jewish and Christian Contexts, edited by Claudia Dorit Bergman and Benedikt Kranemann, University of Erfurt Press  forthcoming, (in progress)
  • “Jewish Funeral and Mourning Practices” inThe Routledge Companion to Death and Dying, edited by Chris Moreman. (2017)
  • “130 Kilograms of Matza, 3,000 Hard-boiled Eggs, 100 Kilograms of Haroset and 2,000 Balls of Gefilte Fish”: Hyperbolic Reckoning on Passover” in Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Contemporary Jewish Life, edited by Deborah Dash Moore and Michal Kravel Tovi,  Indiana University Press, (2016)
  • “A Life with Things” in Chapters of the Heart, edited by Nancy Fuchs Kreimer and Sue Levi Ellwell, (Wipf and Stock/Cascade: 2013), p. 3-10
  • “Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies,” in Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 3: Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition(Library of Jewish Civilization: 2011), p.190-210
  • “Beyond Kashut: Six Jewish Food Rules,” Catalog essay for Chosen Food:Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity, (Jewish Museum of Maryland: 2011), p.100-109
  • “Perspectives on evaluating New Jewish Rituals,” in Rites of Passage” edited by Leonard Greenspoon, (Purdue University Press: 2010)
  • “A Traditional Table, Set for Innovation,” Catalog essay for New Works, Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, (Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco: 2009), p.14-22
  • “Miriam’s Object Lesson: Ritualizing the Presence of Miriam,” in Women Remaking Judaism, edited by Riv-Ellen Prell (Wayne State Press: 2007), chapter 10, p. 257-277
  • “Women and Ritual Artifacts,” in Women of the Wall  Phyllis Chesler and Rivka Haut, (Jewish Lights: 2003), p. 310-334
  • “Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies” (Hebrew) in Hatishma Koli (Yediot Ahronot: 2001), p. 175-184
  • “The Contemporary Haggadah” and “Rituals of Mourning” in Religious Practices in America, Colleen McDannell. (Princeton University Press: 2001)
  • “Tamar” in The Book of Women’s Sermons, edited by E. Lee Hancock, (Penguin: 2000)
  • “Not in My Backyard” in The Norton Reader(eleventh edition), (W. Norton and Co: 1999)

 

 

ARTICLES

  • Dangerous Distinctions” Sh’ma, May 2017
  • “Pilgrimage” in Getting Good at Getting Older: A Practical Guide Grounded in Jewish Wisdomedited by Rabbi Laura Geller and Richard Siegel, Behrman House (submitted)
  • “Publicizing the Miracle: Optimistic Discursive Practices and the Commodities of Passover,” in Contemporary Jewry ( 2016)
  • “What’s the Deal at the Western Wall?” National Council of Australian Jewish Women, April 2016
  • “Why We Will Not Negotiate our Rights…”syndicated by Religious News Service (Feb2016) to Washington Post, etc.
  • “Abrahamic Feminisms,” Huffington Post 2/3/2016
  • “Women are Denied the Right to Read…” Huffington Post, 12/8/2015
  • “The Real Women of the Wall Aren’t’ Going Anywhere,” (Feb 2, 2016) The Forward
  • “Jewish Feminist Ritual,” Rain and Thunder Journal, Issue #63, Fall 2015
  • “Countertext: Hearing My Way into the Sacred” Sh’ma, May 2014 (essay commissioned based on November 2013 presentation at the AJS), p. 12-13
  • “Prisoners of Conscience: Jewish Women in the Holy Land,” Huffington Post, March 14, 2014 (written in conjunction with UVA Mellon Seminar on “Teaching and Practicing Engaged Writing”)
  • “Introduction”CrossCurrents, Volume 62, Issue 1,  March 2012, p. 5-10 (invited)
  • “Introduction”BJPA Reader’s Guide: Jewish Text,  Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), August 2012
  • “For the Sin I Have Committed Before You by Praying as a Jew at the Western Wall”Huffington Post, September 7, 2012
  • Old Moon, New MoonWomen of the Wall blog, August 26, 2012
  • “Charoset on the Seder Plate?” Bronfman Youth Fellowship, Online Dvar Torah, July 2012
  • “Passover on the Potomac”Jewish Review of Books, Spring 2011
  • “Kiddushin” Sh’maJune 2010
  • “New Jewish Ritual” Contact, Winter 2010
  • “Home Shrine” Sh’ma,June 2009
  • “Sukkaman” World Jewish Digest, Oct 2008
  • “Differently Heroic: Virginia Tech”World Jewish Digest, Jan 2008
  • “Inventing Jewish Ritual”: a weeklong blog in Ha’aretz,  December 2007
  • “Stretching Tradition” Hadassah Magazine, December 2007
  • “Lilith, then Miriam” Secular Culture and Ideas, 2007
  • “Keeping the Faith without the FaithWorld Jewish Digest, September 2007
  • “Where’s the Love” New Jersey Jewish News, June 2006
  • “The Jewish Sensibilities” (expanded, with commentaries), The Journal of the Society for Textual Reasoning, Volume 4, Number 3, May 2006,
  • Introduction” Nashim 9 , Spring 2005
  • “Waiting for the Messiah, a Tambourine in her Hand” Nashim, Spring 2005
  • Introduction” Nashim 10, Fall 2005
  • “Ten Jewish Sensibilities” Shma, Dec 2003, (with debates by scholars and educators) also made available on shma.comwww.clal.org , reprinted by Project Kesher in Russian
  • “Love and Intermarriage”New Jersey Jewish News, (Oct 2003) JewishFamilyLife.com
  • “The Proper Blessing for Terror” Sh’ma December 2001
  • “Miriam’s Cup” American Jewish Feminism (working title) edited by Riv Ellen Prell, ( Wayne State Press, forthcoming)
  • “The Proper Blessing for Terror” Sh’ma, December 2001
  • “When Jews Make End of Life Decisions” Derekh CLAL on-line weekly webzine: 2001, Baltimore Jewish News
  • “When We Become the Olden Days” E- CLAL on-line weekly webzine , 2000, MetroWest Jewish News
  • “Power Beads and Torah” E-CLAL, 2000
  • “Jewish Life Along the Oregon Trail” E-CLAL, 2000
  • “You Are What You Hang” E-CLAL, 2000
  • “Walls within Community” E-CLAL, 2000
  • “Interfaith Judaica: The “Kosher-Style Ketubah” E-CLAL 2000, The Forward (NY) August 2000, Ha’Artez ( Israel ) August 2000
  • “Va’yeshev” Beliefnet.com, December 2000
  • “ Toldot com, December 2000
  • What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish? CrossCurrents, Winter 2000
  • “What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish?”CrossCurrents, Winter 1999/2000, Vol. 49, Issue 4. P 491-510
  • “Reading Torah” in Lifecycles, ed. Debra Orenstein (Jewish Lights Press: 1997)
  • “Role Models for Jewish Girls, ” Sh’ma , March 1999
  • “What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish?” Electronic Journal for the Study of Religion and Material Culture, Spring 1999
  • “The Jewelry of Jewry” Sh’ma, Feb 4, 1998
  • “‘Brave Hearts’ The Outstretched Arm” Journal of the National Center for Jewish Healing, Fall 1998
  • “Shma Minah” Sh’ma, Fall 1997
  • “Home” Sh’ma, Spring, 1997
  • “Recycled” New York Daily News, August 1997
  • “Feminist Prayer” On the Issues , Spring 1997
  • “Taking the Cure” Tikkun, March-April 1995
  • “Reframing Definitions of Continuity” At the Crossroads: Shaping Our Jewish Future. (Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies: 1995)
  • “It’s All Relative” Woman’s Day, April 1994
  • “Whiplash: It’s No Laughing Matter” Woman’s Day, 1994
  • “Reading Ruth: Where Are the Women?” in Reading Ruth , eds. J. Kates and G. Riemer (Ballentine: 1994)
  • “Not in My Backyard” Tikkun, Summer 1993
  • “L’Chaim” Woman’s Day, 1993
  • “Taking the Teens” Woman’s Day, 1993
  • “Water Play” Child, 1993
  • “Simplify Your Life” Woman’s Day, 1992
  • “Children Who Follow, Children Who Lead” Redbook, October 1992
  • “Get Your Kids to Pitch In” Woman’s Day, September 1992
  • “Fight Right” Woman’s Day, September 1992
  • “A Healing Hand: The Children’s Health Fund” Woman’s Day, February 18, 1992
  • “Joy Again,” Woman’s Day, December 17, 1991
  • “Magic from Madison Avenue” Child, March 1991; Syndicated by the New York Times
  • “Giovanni’s Last Chance” Scholastic Voice, November 1990
  • “Why Free Play Has Become Passe” Child, August 1990
  • “Floor Time” Child, June/July 1990
  • “Escape from Peril” Congress Monthly, Nov/Dec 1990
  • “Women Finally Decode Jewish Law” Lilith , vol. 15, no. 3, Summer 1990
  • “Jewish Feminist Scholarship Comes of Age” Lilith, vol. 15, no. 1, Winter 1990
  • “Loving Care: Just What the Doctor Ordered” Traditions, Spring 1990
  • “Should Your Son Play with Dolls–and Your Daughter with Hot Wheels?” Child, Jan-Feb 1990
  • “Taking Women’s Diaries Seriously,” in A Women’s Diary Miscellany, ed. Jane Begos (Magic Circle Press:1990)
  • “How Many Toys Does a Kid Really Need?” Child, Nov-Dec 1989
  • “The TV Advantage” Child, May-June 1989
  • “Confessions of a Former Nature Girl” Woman’s Day, January 1989
  • “Words from Jerusalem” Congress Monthly, July 1988
  • “Recollecting Bitburg” Congress Monthly , March/April 1987
  • “Color Me Convinced” Woman’s Day, October 1987
  • “What Mother Told Me About Kids” Bride’s, June/July 1987
  • “Illusions Inspired by a First House” New York Times, June 7, 1987
  • “Keep the Change” Woman’s Day, June 1987
  • “Classy Mothering” Woman’s Day, May 1987
  • “A is for Autopsy” Moment, November 1986
  • “Cranberries” New Haven Advocate, November 1986
  • “In Praise of Snow White” Woman’s Day, August, 1986
  • “Mother of the Bride” Woman’s Day, May 1986
  • “A Guide to the Perplexed Jewish Woman” (with P. Ochs), Melton Journal, Summer 1985 Religion and Intellectual Life , Spring 1986
  • “Flying in the Face of Terror” Congress Monthly, Spring 1986; Syracuse Jewish Observer, 1986;
  • “Prayer Symposium” New Traditions, Summer 1986
  • “Ripple Effect” Moment, October 1985
  • “Ode to a House with Naked Windows” Syracuse Herald Journal, 1985
  • “Advertising the Holy Land” Syracuse Jewish Observer, 1984, Congress Monthly, Jan. 1985; Baltimore Jewish Times, Spring 1985
  • “The Case of the Islamic Museum, a Pretty Woman and a Balcony” Moment, April 1984
  • “Sour Cherries” New York Times, May 9, 1984; Choice Listening Spring 1984
  • “Yavneh” Melton Journal, Winter 1983
  • “Aspects of Transformation” IWWG Symposium Monograph #3, July 1983
  • “On Inspiration, or Off It” IWWG Symposium Monograph #2, July 1982

 

 

 

Fiction

  • “People Suspect She Is Either On Drugs Or A Member of A Cult” Sun Dog: The Southeast Review, Fall 1987
  • “Chanuka Clock” Woman’s Day, December 3, 1985
  • “Panama Hat” Woman’s Day, September 1985
  • “The Mothers’ Goose” Woman’s Day, May 1985; Talking Book Magazine of the Month (Library of Congress)
  • “Naming” Wooster Review , Fall 1984
  • “Birds: Life After College” Classes (Sarah Lawrence Alumni Publication), Spring 1983
  • “Epistle from Sister Deirdre” Croton Review, Spring 1982
  • “Get me to a Nunnery” Moment, December 1981
  • “Brothers Musser” Face of the Sage, Fall 1980

 

 

Edited Journals:

  • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues, Guest Editor, volume 9: summer 2005.Jewish Women’s Spirituality, Introduction p. 5-9
  • Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues, Guest Editor, volume 10: winter 2006.(Brandeis University/University Press of Indiana), Jewish Women’s Spirituality, Introduction, p. 5-9

 

 Edited books:

  • Lashon Hakodesh: Holy Words (CLAL- The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership: 2000)
  • Shehecheyanu: Reaching Each Moment (CLAL: 1999)
  • Renew the Old, Sanctify the New (CLAL: 1998)
  • In the Name of Heaven (CLAL: 1997)
  • Torah of Life (CLAL: 1996)
  • These are the Words (CLAL: 1995)

 

Published Curricula

  • Cultural Inventory:An Introduction to Religion and Material Culture (CLAL: 1995)
  • Heal Us and We shall be Healed: A Course in Jewish Healing (CLAL: 1996)
  • The Outstretched Arm: A Comprehensive Course in Ancient and Modern Jewish Texts and Traditions in Jewish Healing (CLAL: 1997)

 

Selected Book Reviews:

  • Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Familiesby Cokie and Steve Roberts and The Washington Haggadah, with commentary by David Stern and Katrin Kogman-Appel for Jewish Review of Books, Spring 2011, p. 10-12
  • Still Jewishby Keren McGinity, for Journal of American Ethnic History 31, No. 1 (Fall 2011), p. 96-97
  • Art & Ceremony in Jewish Life: Essays in the History of Jewish Artby Vivian B. Mann, for AJS Journal (2010), 34: p. 452-454 
  • Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodationby Tova Hartman for H-Net Reviews in Humanities and Social Science: H-Judaic, July 2008
  • North of God by Steve Stern, for Hadassah, March 2009
  • Emma Lazarus by Esther Schorr, for Hadassah,2008
  • Eternally Eve by Anne Lapidus Lerner, for Lilith,2008
  • Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman among Books by Ilana Blumberg, for Nashim,2008
  • New Works on Jewish Marriage and Divorce (Netter, Olitsky and Jungreis) for Sh’ma, Summer 2003
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel, for com, December 2000
  • How to be a Jewish Parent by Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner, forcom, December 2000
  • The Nine Commandments by David Noel Freedman, for com, October 2000
  • Being Jewish by Ari Goldman, for The Forward, October 8, 2000, Ha’aretz, October 8, 2000
  • My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen, for com, August 2000
  • String of Pearls by JoAnna Lund, forcom, August 2000
  • A Place Like Any Other by Molly Wolf, forcom, August 2000
  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Jennie Fields, for New York Daily News, July 1997
  • Schoolgirls by Peggy Orenstein, for Newsday, 1994
  • In the Wake of the Goddesses by Tikva Frymer-Kensky, for Congress Monthly, 1993
  • Four Centuries of Women’s Spirituality edited by Ashton and Umansky, for Journal of Religious Studies, 1993
  • Daughters of the King edited by Haut and Grossman, for Congress Monthly, January 1993
  • The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz, for Newsday, October 4, 1992
  • Deborah, Golda and Me by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, for Moment, February 1992
  • After Great Pain by Diane Cole, for Newsday, January 5, 1992
  • Women in Time and Torah by E. Bekovits, for Congress Monthly , January 1992
  • Hilary’s Trial by J. Groner, for Newsday, May 1991
  • Latecomers by A. Yarrow, for Newsday, February 1991
  • Crisis and Covenant by Alan Berger, for Congress Monthly, February 1988
  • Women and Religion in America, vol. 3 edited by Reuther and Keller, for Women’s Review of Books, February 1987
  • A Leak in the Heart by Faye Moskowitz, in Congress Monthly, Nov-Dec 1985
  • Norton Anthology of Literature by Women edited by Gilbert and Grubar, in
  • The Bookwoman, Summer 1985
  • Damaged Goods by Thomas Friedmann, in Congress Monthly, July-August 19

 

 

PERFORMANCES

  • Workshop performance (November 2009): “my small world,” by V. Ochs, composed by Oded Zehavi, performed by V. Ochs and Caroline Henton, soprano, Frankel Institute, University of Michigan, Ann ArborRecording commissioned by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (April 2010), performed by Zehavi, Henton and  Eileen Pollack, director of UM Creative Writing Program .

 

CURATED EXHIBIT

  • “Showing and Telling: The Passover Haggadah,” with Peggy Daub, Director of Special Collections, at the Frankel Institute, University of Michigan, (Fall-Spring 2009-2010)

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND LECTURES

SELECTED LECTURES AND ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (since 1998)

 

  • February 1, 2017: “New Chinese and Jewish New Year Practices: A Cross-cultural ethnographic Conversation” with Xinyan Peng, UVA Jewish Studies Program Workshop
  • January 25, 2017: “Increasing Women’s Civic and Political Participation,” (collective workshop presentation), UVA, Department of Politics, Institute on Violence, Power & Inequality seminar
  • January 15, 2017: “This Wall is My Wall…” JOFA Conference, Columbia University
  • December 18, 2017: “Jewish Feminist Ritual,” Rothberg International School, Hebrew University
  • December 14, 2016: “Material Culture and the Jewish American Home,” seminar, Department of Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • October 2016: “Contested Sacred Space: The Western Wall,” University of Erfurt conference, Germany
  • September 2016: “Jewish Sensibilities and Values,” Lippman Kanfer Foundation Workshop, New York City
  • September 30, 2016: “Increasing Women’s Civic and Political Participation,” (collective workshop presentation), Institute of International Education, Washington, DC
  • June 8, 2016: “New Chinese and Jewish New Year Practices: A Cross-cultural ethnographic Conversation” with Xinyan Peng, First International Conference on Jewish Studies, Shanghai International Studies University  and Hangzhou University, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China
  • March 20, 2016: “Radical Hospitality: The Courage and Uncertainty of Revolutionizing Museum Access,” Respondent: “Audacious vs. Radical Hospitality in Judaism and Christianity” Council of American Jewish Museums, New York City
  • December 2015: “Haggadah Pedagogy” Respondent and Moderator, Association for Jewish Studies, Boston
  • April 2015: Hebrew College, Boston. Keynote speaker, “New ecological Rituals” for Eco-Ritual Lab workshop
  • March 2015: Congregation Beth Torah, Dallas Scholar in Residence: Lectures: “New Jewish Ritual,” “Feminist Midrash ” “ Jewish Food;” Sermon: “Jewish Perspectives on Sexual Misconduct”
  • May 2014: Keynote Speaker, Stanford University Graduate workshop, “Education and Religious Studies”
  • November 2014: Keynote speaker, “Jewish Cultural Celebration” Mary Washington
  • November 2014: Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference:
  • Roundtable Participant: Visual Art: Transmitting and Subverting Jewish Text: Helene Aylon,” Chair: “Jewish Identities: Interdisciplinary Approaches”
  • November 2014: AJS Paula Hyman Mentoring Program, presentation: “An Absence of Mentoring”
  • October 2014: “Jewish Feminism, Religious and Secular” (with Laura Levitt), Muhlenberg College/Lehigh College
  • September 2014: “Jewish Ritual Innovation” AJS Distinguished Lecture Series, Case Western Reserve, “Sarah Laughed; Women in Bible” Siegal Jewish Lifelong Learning Program, Case Western Reserve
  • September 2014: “New Jewish Ritual,” “Sarah Laughed: Feminist Midrash,” Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectures, Sponsored by Case Western Reserve, Siegel Lifelong Learning Program
  • May 2014:“Public Writing and Peer Review: critique, public writing in a digital age, and writing for multiple audiences,” Stanford University” for Graduate Student Conference, “Educating Religion”
  • April 2014: “Haggadot and Cultural Change,” and “Women of the Wall”, University of Minnesota
  • April 2014: “The Relevance of Ritual: Haggadot and Cultural Change” and “Women of the Wall” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • March 2014: UVA Gunst Colloquium (Iberian Jews, Conversos and the Question of Modernity), Commentator
  • March 2014: Department of Religious Studies Book Launch for Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, Commentator
  • November 2013: “Jewish and Christian Feminist Ritual Innovation,” Elon University
  • November 2013: Association for  Jewish Studies Annual Conference
  • “Classical Texts and Women’s Personal Narratives,” Roundtable Discussant
  • “Episodic Jewish Culture,” Respondent
  • “Direct Objects: Authenticating Jewishness through Material Culture,” Chair and Respondent
  • Oct 2013: “Inventing Jewish Ritual” Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lecture/Baskin Lecture, Sponsored by University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Jewish Studies and Temple Judea, Coral Gables
  • June 2013: “Innovation in Judaism,” Minzu University (as part of UVA delegation for Scriptural Reasoning)
  • September 2012: “Jewish Feminism” Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
  • May 2012: “Jewish Feminism in America” Minzu University, Beijing
  • May 2012: “The Coconut on the Seder Plate: A Biography of the Contemporary Haggadah” University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Divinity School and Special Collections of the Libraries of the University of Chicago
  • April 2012:  “Material Culture and Jewish Identity,” University of North Carolina, Jewish Studies Program
  • March 2012: “130 Kilograms of Matza, 3,000 Hard-boiled Eggs, 100 Kilograms of Haroset and 2,000 Balls of Gefilte Fish”: Hyperbolic Reckoning on Passover,” University of Michigan, Frankel Institute
  • Feb 2012: “New Jewish Rituals,” Tufts University Jewish Studies Program, Medford, MA
  • December 2011: “Jewish Service Learning in Jewish Studies Programs” panel, AJS, Washington, DC
  • November 2011: “The Chosen Food” Colgate University, Jewish Studies Program
  • May 2011:  “Jewish Healing” Society of Scriptural Reasoning, Dubai. UAE
  • March 2011:  “The Passover Haggadah: A Biography,” New York University and SSRC Program on Religion and the Public Sphere.
  • March 2010: “What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish?” Jewish Studies Program, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • January 2010: “The Contemporary Passover Haggadah,” Princeton University, Department of Religion, Tikvah Foundation working group on the Haggadah
  • Dec 2009: “The Jewish Home as a Field Site” Frankel Institute Program in Jewish Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Nov 2009: “Reinventing Ritual” Jewish Museum of New York and Jewish Theological Seminary
  • November 2009: Scholar in Residence, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC
  • April 2009: keynote speaker, “Religion and Identity,” Department of Religion, Northwestern University
  • March 2009: “Creating New Women’s Prayers,” Conference on Jewish Women’s Prayer,” an interdenominational conference sponsored by JTS, HUC, RRC and JOFA, New York City
  • January 2009: “The Creative Process and New Ritual” Hebrew College, Boston, MA
  • January 2009: Something Old, Something New” Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • December 2008: “The ‘Traditional’ Commitment Ceremony” AJS, Washington, DC
  • November 2008: Keynote speaker, “Why Some Rituals Endure,” “Same Sex Jewish Weddings” Klutznick-Harris Conference on Rites of Passage, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • November 2008: Scholar in Residence, Women’s League of Conservative Judaism Biennial Conference, Detroit
  • October 2008: “Feminist Midrash”, American University
  • May 2008, “Practices of Reading,” Providence, RI Board of Jewish Education
  • February 2008: “New Jewish Ritual,” “Feminist Midrash,” Limmud Conference, Los Angeles
  • January 2008, “Women and New Jewish Ritual,” Brandeis University
  • June-February 2007-2008 National book tour for Inventing Jewish Ritual
  • April 2007: UVa Teaching Resource Center panel “Writing for the Public”
  • Spring 207: UVa Jewish Studies Workshop, “Wedding Booklets as Sites of Negotiation”
  • Spring 2007: UVa Scripture, Interpretation and Practice Workshop, “Intentionality as Religious Practice”
  • Jan 2007: CAJM(Council on American Jewish Museums), “Ethnographic vs. Curatorial practices”
  • June 2006: Guest lecturer, Jewish Theological Seminary Faculty Retreat
  • November 2005: “Popularizing our Scholarship” AAR
  • November 2005: Guest lecturer: Wittenberg University, Springfield Ohio ,
  • March 2005: Guest Lecture on Jewish feminist responses to the Holocaust, Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University
  • December 2004: Guest lecturer: University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
  • November 2004: Guest lecturer: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
  • January 2004: Invited participant: Osher seminar at Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
  • December 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation” Mayan (Jewish Feminist Research Group) and Makom (Center for Jewish Spirituality at JCC of NYC)
  • September 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation,” Lishma Conference, NYC
  • April 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation,” “New Women’s Rituals in Judaism” Colgate University
  • April 2003: “Miriam’s Cup” Symposium on Women and Judaism, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • April 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation,” Ten Jewish Sensibilities” Scholar in Residence: Congregations in Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, Alabama
  • March 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation,” “New Jewish Ritual” University of Utah
  • March 2003: “Jewish Dream Interpretation,” National Havurah Institute Board, Princeton , NJ
  • January 2003: Invited participant: Osher seminar at Hartman Institute, Jerusalem
  • Feb 2003: “Jewish Women’s Spirituality” Norfolk, VA UJC conference on Jewish Women
  • Nov 2001: “The Artistic Construction of ‘Rhoda’ as a Jewish Woman” The Jewish Museum (NYC)
  • Oct 2001: “Jewish Perspectives on the Human Genome” Virginia Biotechnology Conference of Human Genomics, the Family and the Law
  • Oct 2001: “Reconstructing Jewish Ethnicity” in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh exhibition “Encountering the Second Commandment” American Jewish Museum of Pittsburgh: Lecture: “Contemporary Artists and Jewish Feminist Strategies”
  • May 2001: “Jewish Sensibilities and End-of-life Decisions” (with Vicky Bravo) Spirituality in Healthcare: A Training Program for Professionals UVA Hospital/Chaplaincy/Center for Biomedical Ethics
  • April 2001: “Encountering Jewish Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing: A Study of Talmudic Texts” Society for the Study of Theology (SST) Nottingham, England
  • Jan 2001: Jewish Public Forum Conference on Imagining the Jewish Future: Scenarios with GBN: symposium presenter (Global Business Network) (New York)
  • Feb 2001: Hartman Institute Conference on the Study of Sacred Time: symposium participant, Jerusalem
  • Jan 2001: Council of American Jewish Museums/National Foundation for Jewish Culture 2001 CAJM conference Lecture: “Future of the Jewish Past” (New York)
  • November 2000: “The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Candle-lighting Ceremony” AAR, North American Religions
  • Nov 2000: “Jewish Spirituality” Saint Louis, Missouri Board of Rabbis
  • Fall 2000: “Judaism and Healing” Washington and Lee University Jewish Studies Lecture
  • September 2000 “Material Culture in the Jewish Home” ABC Radio National “The Comfort Zone”
  • May 2000: “Judaism and Healing Environments in the Context of Care for Elderly” Shalom Park Senior Staff, Denver
  • May 2000: “Rituals of Jewish Healing” Denver Rose Foundation
  • June 1999: “Invented Traditions vs. Authentic Traditions: Reframing the Teaching of Judaism” Schechter Institute conference on the Impact of Women’s and Gender Studies on Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
  • November 1998: “It’s a Small World After All: Disneyworld and Pilgrimage” AAR , North American Religions
  • November 1998: “Miriam’s New Rituals and Ritual Objects, AAR, Jewish Studies
  • November 1998: “What Makes A Jewish Home Jewish?” AAR, North American Religions

 

HONORS: AWARDS and FELLOWSHIPS

  • December 2016, Roos Grunfeld Scholarship for Research in Israel
  • 2016-17, USAID grant for Interdisciplinary Literature Review and Workshop presentation on Increasing Women’s Civic and Political Participation (with Denise Walsh in UVA Department of Politics and graduate student team)
  • 2012-2014 Fellow, Seminar for Lived Theology, University of Virginia
  • 2011 UVA ACE Grant for Service Learning (“The Haggadah: A Service Learning Course in cooperation with International Rescue Committee)
  • 2011 Research Grant UVA College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for International Research (travel to Minzu University, Beijing, China in 2012)
  • 2010-2011 Repair the World: First Cohort in Jewish Studies and Service Learning
  • 2010 Summer Posen Grant for course development: The Passover Haggadah, (part II)
  • 2010 Summer UVA College of Arts and Sciences research grant for “A Biography of the Passover Haggadah)
  • 2009 Summer Research course development grant: Posen Foundation/UVA, for “The Passover Haggadah” (part I)
  • 2008 Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences grant from the UVA College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
  • 2008 Summer Research course development grant: Posen Foundation/UVA , for “Jewish Weddings”
  • 2007 National Jewish Book Award for “Inventing Jewish Ritual”
  • 2007 Brandeis-Hadassah Institute Senior Research Award
  • 2006 Summer Research course development grant: Posen Foundation/UVA, for “Exhibiting Jews: Jewish Museums and Monuments”
  • 2004: Brandeis University Grinspoon Summer Fellow
  • 2000 AJPA Simon Rockower Award , Honorable Mention of the Noah Bee Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing Sh’ma 1999
  • 1994-95 CLAL Dorot Fellowship
  • 1991-92 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature  (non-fiction writing)
  • 1990 Words on Fire: nominated for the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought
  • 1983 Performing Arts Repertory Theater (NYC) award for contributions to young people’s theater
  • 1982 Colgate University Research Council Grant for performances of Anne Sexton’s “Transformations” in U.S. and Israel, co-sponsored by U.S. Embassy in Israel
  • 1982 CAPS Playlending Library Award

 

 

Visiting Research Fellowships:

  • Research Fellow: Frankel Institute, University of Michigan, Fall 2009
  • Visiting Fellow: Newnham College, Cambridge University, Spring 2005
  • Visiting Fellow: Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, Spring 2003

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL SERVICE 2010-present

  • Strategic planning, communications (social media), editorial for Original Women of the Wall: (an NGO advocating for Jewish women’s religious rights in Jerusalem) (since 1988)
  • AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) Strategic Planning Committee (2012-2013)
  • AJS Judge: Jordan Schnitzer Prize (2012, 2015)
  • AJS Perspectives Editorial Board
  • AJS Nominating Committee
  • AJS Division Co-Chair for Interdisciplinary, Theoretical, and New Approaches (2014-2016)
  • Scholar-in-residence: UVA Hillel Birthright Israel January 2008 trip (80 students)
  • Board member: Hillel Foundation of the University of Virginia (1998-2012)
  • Advisory Board: UVA School of Medicine Spirituality and Medicine Curriculum
  • Professional Consulting Committee: UVA Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education
  • Board of Advisors: Cross Currents/Association for Religion and Intellectual Life
  • National Havurah Committee: Advisory Board
  • Board of Academic Advisors: International Research Institute on Jewish Women/ Brandeis University/Hadassah
  • Consultant to PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
  • Contributing Editor: Nashim(Jerusalem), Peer review article review
  • Consultant to Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • Manuscript review for University Press of New England, Wayne State Press, Rutgers University Press, Jewish Lights Publishing, University of California Press
  • Contributing Editor: Sh’maMagazine
  • Member of Bet Din (rabbinical court) of Charlottesville
  • Ritual Practice Committee member,), Guest instructor in Beit Midrash and Hebrew High school at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) of Charlottesville, Search Committee for Senior Rabbi
  • Westminster-Canterbury and Colonnades: Programs/services for senior adults

 

 

 

Just letting you know there was no year here.