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Women & Religion with Jeannette Gabriel

Past Sessions
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 23 Cheshvan 5781 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 16 Cheshvan 5781 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 25 Tishrei 5781 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Week 1 - Introductory Overview
How Faiths View Women
Maureen Fiedler Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words
Contested Feminisims - Women's Religious Leadership
Gender, Religion and Family Law
Gender Roles in Family and Culture: The Basis for Sexism in Religion

Week 2 - Feminism in Judaism & Christianity
Women and the Wall Video
Gendered Boundaries and Jewish Transformations
Revisiting Mary Daly
Jewish Theology in Feminist Perspective
Riswold Feminism and Christianity

Week 3 - Feminism in Islam & Buddhism
Engaging Islamic Feminism
Shaista Gohir-Muslim Men Don't Like Muslim Feminists
Beyond Islam vs Feminism
The Buddha's Forgotten Nuns
The Gurudharmas in Taiwanese Buddhist Nunneries
Byrne Why I Am Not a Buddhist Feminist

Week 4 - Women's Leadership in Judaism & Christianity
Radical Grace
Forever Pruning: The Path to Ordained Women's Full Participation in the Episcopal Church of the USA
Qualls God Forgive Us For Being Women- Rhetoric, Theology, and the Pentecostal Tradition
Did Sixteenth-century Lutheran Women Have a Reformation
Israel-Cohen Between Feminism and Orthodox Judaism
Zucker Women Rabbis
And the Gates Opened-Women in the Rabbinate

Week 5 - Women's Leadership in Islam & Buddhism
Interview with Sherin Khankan-Denmark's first female imam
Women's Leadership in the Mosque and Society
Karim American Muslim Women
Swanepoel Blossoms of the Dharma
Sharify-Funk & Haddad Where Do Women Stand in Islam
Renegade Female Monks of Thailand

New “Women and Religion” Class at Beth El Synagogue
 By Dr. Jeannette Gabriel, Director, Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies

This fall Beth El Synagogue is hosting a six-session course that I am teaching on “Women and Religion” that focuses on the intersection of power and oppression that women experience in four of the major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. We will examine the historical, cultural, and religious contexts that highlight women’s involvement or exclusion from activity and power within each religion. The course will examine issues of feminism and leadership, as well as how religious scriptures have been reinterpreted. A main focus of the course will be to explore the broad and complex range of responses to women’s increased demand for greater voice and participation within religion today.

The course will be held Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 pm from October 13 through November 10, 2020.  Some of the case studies that the class will examine are:

  •     Women of the Wall movement in Israel
  •     Gurudharmas in Taiwanese Buddhist Nunneries
  •     Women Deacons in the Catholic Church
  •     Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qu’ran

This course is a shortened version of a new, permanent course I am offering at UNO through the Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies departments.  This semester, the Women and Religion course at UNO includes a service learning project where the students are engaging with a group of local women refugees and immigrants to hear about how their experiences have been influenced by religion and religious institutions.

As part of this event, Princeton University Press is offering a special discount on purchase of Rescue the Surviving Souls.  From now until November 15, you can receive 30% off the price of the book, plus free shipping.  Detailed information on how to register for this program, take advantage of this discount, and learn more information about Schwalb Center 2020 programming, is available on the Schwalb Center website at


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                                       October 13, 20, 27
                                          November 3, 10

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