Who Is A Jew?

How Women of Multiple Judaisms Connect with G’d
(4 sessions)

Women of the Lemba community. Manavhela, Limpopo Province, South Africa, 2015. (Courtesy Jono David)


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Learning
Instructor: Kohenet D’vorah Grenn, PhD, Mashpi’ah
Dates: Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2024
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $160 Scholarships available

Note: All classes will be recorded in case you have a scheduling conflict with this time slot

How do women of multiple Judaisms connect with God? There are cultural Jews, secular Jews, religious Jews, Jews by birth, Jews of color, Jews by choice, political Jews, Goddess Jews (sometimes called “Jewitches”), Jewish pagans and those who describe themselves as Jews who may not affiliate with any religious organization.

Explore the ways we imagine, construct and connect with God. What rituals, prayers or blessings hold the most meaning for us? Can we define what makes us feel Jewish? What traits give us our Jewish identity? What in our Jewish belief system or practices gives our lives the most meaning?

Readings will include excerpts from Dr. Grenn’s dissertation, “For She Is A Tree of Life: Shared Roots Connecting Women to Deity–an Organic Theological Inquiry Into Identities, Beliefs and Practices Among South African Lemba and European American Jewish Women.” Our other main text will be excerpts from Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s Judaism Without Tribalism: A Guide to Being a Blessing to All the Peoples of the Earth.

Interview: “The Space Between Us”

With host Jovelyn Richards on her KPFA/94.1FM Women’s Magazine radio program out of Berkeley, California~ May 2, 2022