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Leora Tanenbaum


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Leora Tanenbaum's most recent book is "Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality." Her previous books are "Slut! Growing Up with a Female Reputation" and "Catfight: Rivalries Among Women – From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room." Leora has been a guest on Oprah, Today, and NPR. She also lectures at JCCs, synagogues, and college campuses.

I Will Be What I Will Be

Gender and Judaism

Rafi Daugherty, Joy Ladin, Leora Tanenbaum

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

Come hear diverse and personal stories that address how Judaism shaped the panelists' relationship to gender and how the archetypal narratives of Judaism helped or hindered them in shaping their own life stories. Bring your own stories and questions.

Catfights and Competition Among Jewish Women

From the Torah to Twenty-First Century America

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

Competition is not a bad thing. In fact, it can motivate us toward excellence. But it is destructive when it is sneaky and underhanded. Several women in the Torah—Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, and Miriam—communicated in sneaky and competitive ways, often at the expense of another woman. How can Jewish women living in modern America transcend this dynamic and strengthen sisterhood?

Taking Back God

American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

Global History & Culture, Identity & Responsibility

In this presentation, Tanenbaum discusses the phenomenon of millions of women in this country—observant Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, evangelical Protestant, and mainline Protestant—who are demanding religious equality. She reviews the ongoing activism in each group. These women love their religion and do not want to abandon it, but they are sick and tired of their second-class status.


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