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#MeToo and the Jews

Sunday, October 25, 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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A must-see program for everyone in our congregation (and beyond)!

The harassment of women and the aggression of powerful men is a problem that continues to plague our society. So, why are such a large proportion of Jewish men prominently named in regard to sexual misconduct and aggression?

#MeToo affects Jews, our community, and our Jewish institutions. There is so much to discuss in this topic, including, obviously, traditional tropes and stereotypes about and detrimental to Jewish women and Jewish men. 

This program aims to create, motivate, and educate our congregants, our families, and the wider community. It will provide us the tools to identify sexist and aggressive behaviors. Moreover, we want to be able to help a new generation live together in respect and harmony.


Keren R. McGinity, Ph.D, of Brandeis University and the Love & Tradition Institute, is a widely recognized speaker and scholar on gender and, particularly, on sexual harassment in Jewish philanthropy.  As of Nov 1, 2020, she will be the USCJ’s Interfaith Family Specialist. Dr. McGinity is one of the leading experts on interfaith families and the Jewish Community. Her pioneering books, Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage in America (NYU Press 2009), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage & Fatherhood (Indiana University Press 2014), illustrated a new paradigm about Jewish continuity by analyzing gender and change over time. She was the inaugural director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program at Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, and is an honorary research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University.

Dr. McGinity earned her PhD from Brown University, where she subsequently was appointed as visiting assistant professor of history, and was the Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

Paul E. Nahme is The Dorot Asst Professor of Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University and was a 2019-20 Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard. He received his Ph.D from the University of Toronto. In addition he is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute North America, and part of its Gender Equality Institute.  He is currently working on a book project, Jewish Racial Affect, and the role that "race" has played in Jewish self-conceptions.  His book, Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism: The Enchantment of the Public Sphere (Indiana University Press, 2019), was Finalist for the 2019 National Jewish Book Award. Prof. Nahme was a Post -Doctoral Research Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn, a Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School.  As a Research Fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, he analyzes how definitions of manhood are dependent on cultural context and asks how we might reflect on what masculinity has come to mean in western society today.

Watch this YouTube clip of Paul Nahme speaking about “Boys Will Be Boys? Changing Images of Masculinity in Jewish Tradition”.

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