I’m thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new online course called “Embodied” on the topic of disabilities from a Jewish feminist perspective. The course is the brainchild of the brilliant feminist thinker, rabbinical student and disabilities advocate Ruti Regan, who not only proposed this course to me but also opened up a world of enlightening insights, and a visionary perspective on what it means to be a Jewish feminist.

The topic of disabilities is not one that we hear frequently discussed in Jewish feminist conversations and settings. And as Ruti taught me, that is unfortunate. If we are going to take seriously the feminist agenda, there are several compelling reasons why the issue of disabilities should be on our radar:

I am so grateful to Ruti for opening my eyes to these ideas and more, and for entrusting the Center for Jewish Feminism to facilitate this course.

This six week course is structured around panel discussions with leading experts in the field of disabilities studies and Jewish life, including Ora Kalifa, Sheryl Grossman, Lauren Tuchman, Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael, Jessica Belasco, and others. The course will take place on-line on Tuesdays  1PM EST (8PM Jerusalem time), starting Feb 2. The sessions will all be recorded and made available to registrants.

For more information, go to The Center for Jewish Feminism http://centerforjewishfeminism.org/courses/embodied-disability-as-a-jewish-feminist-issue/