Shabbat Specials

The Agunah: At the Crossroads of Feminist Midrash and Tradition
Saturday, March 7 | 9:00 AM

Join Professors Deidre Butler and Betina Appel Kuzmarov, as they lead a lively workshop that explores a contemporary feminist Israeli midrash that wrestles with the challenge of Agunot (women who cannot obtain religious divorces).

Join in a rich discussion of this provocative text and relevant halakhic sources within the context of contemporary Jewish divorce in Israel and the diaspora.

Professor Deidre Butler is Director of the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and she researches and teaches at the intersections of religion, gender and sexuality, and Judaism in the Religion program at the College of Humanities at Carleton University. She grew up at Temple.

Professor Betina Appel Kuzmarov is the Clerk of Senate and researches and teaches at the intersections of international law, politics and culture as well as law and religion in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University.


Shabbaton with Rabbi Douglas Sagal
March 20 & 21

Friday, March 20 at 7:45 PM: The rewards of failure – one Rabbi’s journey
Saturday,  March 21 at 9:00 AM: God on Trial – why the book of Job is the most important book in the Bible
Saturday, March 21 at 10:15 AM: Teaching in the service
Rabbi Douglas Sagal has served as the Rabbi of Beth Shalom-Rodfe Zedek in Connecticut, KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago, and at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ, the largest congregation in the state. He studied at Wesleyan University, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yale Divinity School, where he received the annual award for outstanding preaching and wrote his Master’s in Sacred Theology thesis on Midrash and African-American preaching. He is a Hartman Senior Rabbinic fellow and an amateur boxer.


Shabbaton with Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18

Friday, April 17 | 7:45 PM – Reflections on My Life as a Rabbi
Saturday, April 18 | 10:15 AM – Why I am a Reform Jew
Shabbat Lunch and Learn at 12:00 PM: Remembering Regina Jonas

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, America’s first female rabbi, was ordained in June 1972, by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1981-2006, she served as Rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple, becoming Rabbi Emerita upon her retirement.
She has held many national leadership positions in the Reform movement, in addition to engaging with interfaith and anti-poverty work. In 2010, in honour of its 125th anniversary, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MAGAZINE named her one of 125 women who changed our lives and our world.