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THE RABBI JOSHUA O. HABERMAN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR SERIES
Healing, Health and Jewish Sensibilities
with Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Derived from Jewish texts, traditions, laws, practices, rituals, and experiences, “Jewish Sensibilities” are ways in which Jews (religious and secular alike) act “Jewishly,” whether consciously or not. Understanding such Jewish sensibilities, rooted in a combination of tradition, law and culture, can help us understand our gut responses and complex motivations when faced with healing and healthcare decisions. In this session, Professor Ochs will share her groundbreaking work on how the most pervasive Jewish sensibilities in our own lives can help us thoughtfully navigate these challenges.
Sunday, November 18
7:30 - 9:00 PM
At and co-sponsored by Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, UVA, and a core member of the Jewish Studies Program since its inception, teaches such topics as Jewish feminism, Jewish ritual, ethnographic fieldwork in religion, Abrahamic feminisms. Her course on Spiritual Writing is cross-listed in the Program in Creative Writing and she co-teaches the two-year pilot Forum in Creative Processes and Creative Practices. She is the Chair of the Professional Consulting Committee: UVA Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education at the UVA Health System.
Her books include Inventing Jewish Ritual (winner of a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, Sarah Laughed, The Jewish Dream Book (with Elizabeth Ochs), Words on Fire: One Woman’s Journey into the Sacred, and Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Child In An Unpredictable World. For her writing, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. In her research, she investigates new Jewish ritual, Jewish feminism, the Passover Haggadah, and Jewish material culture.
She continues to explore the theme of “Jewish Sensibilities,” which has become the central focus of the journal Sh’ma and the work of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation, and is now featured as a curriculum produced by Hillel International.
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