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Judy Klitsner

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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Judy Klitsner is a senior educator at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A disciple of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy has had a profound impact on a generation of students, of whom many now serve as teachers and heads of Jewish studies programs in the US, the UK and Israel. Judy is a popular international speaker whose teaching style is lively, accessible, interactive and text-based, and she is particularly fond of uncovering the “vibrant conversation” that takes place between the Bible’s parallel stories. In the words of one of her students: “Judy was magic. Before my class with Judy, the Hebrew text was an impenetrable wall of stone. After my time with Judy, it was an open gate.” In the words of another: “Judy completely transformed the way I read the Torah and, in fact, all Jewish texts. Her literary connections were mind-blowing for me and opened up a whole new way of understanding the Tanakh.” Judy Klitsner is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Koren Publishers). The book, which received a National Jewish book award, has recently been released in Hebrew. She lives in Jerusalem.

Sample Talk Titles

Brothers Crying Out from the Ground: The Biblical Origins of Our Divided Society


“#Me Too”? Is There a Biblical Mandate to Objectify Women?


The Patriarch and the Priest: Why do Jewish Leaders Have Non-Jewish Mentors?


The Tent, the Field, and the Battlefield: Upheavals in the Roles and Fortunes of Biblical Women


Noah and Jonah: How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About Human Transformation


"#We Too": How We Perpetuate Abuse in the Jewish Community 


Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (JPS, Koren), winner of 2009 National Jewish Book Award

In addition to various articles on biblical themes

Preferred audience:

I teach whole communities. I have served as Shabbat scholar-in-residence at synagogues throughout the US and UK. In addition, I am a frequent guest lecturer at adult education programs that span the denominational spectrum. I have taught teens, but my primary focus is adults.

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Speaking fee:

In general, I receive a range of $2500-$3500 for a full Shabbat, and $750-$1000 for a single lecture.

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