Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld

Jennie RosenfeldRegion: Israel
Honorarium: one time lecture $300-$500, shabbat $1500-$2000

Biography:
Jennie Rosenfeld is currently a Junior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, working on a book on Modern Orthodox sexual ethics, and lecturing on topics relating to Judaism and sexuality. She holds a PhD in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and wrote her dissertation on Talmudic Re-readings: Toward a Modern Orthodox Sexual Ethic. Prior to making aliyah, Jennie was the co-founder and director of the Tzelem project at Yeshiva University. Tzelem's mission was to bring more educational resources in the realms of intimacy and sexuality to the Orthodox community; Tzelem ran training conferences for rabbis and premarital educators, and piloted as well as published a curriculum in values and sexual education for yeshivah day schools. A graduate of Stern College for Women, Dr. Rosenfeld completed the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women along with an MS in Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School. She has taught Talmud, Jewish law, and Hasidism in various adult educational settings in North America and in Israel, and was named one of the 36 under 36 by the Jewish Week in 2008.

Topics: 

  • The Rabbi's Role as a Sexual Educator/ The Role of the Kallah Teacher as Sexual Educator
  • Single in the City: Reconciling Law and Desire (or: Premarital Sexuality: The Double Bind of Modernity and Orthodoxy)
  • From Theory to Action: Addressing Sexual Problems in the Orthodox Community
  • Eish Levana: The Torah of the Spaces
  • Radical Repentance: Sin and Repentance in the thought of R. Zadok ha-Kohen
  • Hasidic Hermeneutics: R. Zadok ha-Kohen's Subversive Readings 
  • Between Then and Now: How Talmudic Sexual Ethics Can Speak to us Today

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