Rabbi to discuss changes in Jewish tradition March 27

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - ­Modern influences on Jewish tradition will be the topic of a talk March 27 at Gettysburg College.

The 7 p.m. lecture, "Changes in the Jewish Tradition," will take place in the College Union Building, Room 260, located a long West Lincoln Avenue and will be delivered by Rabbi Susan Grossman. The lecture is sponsored by Gettysburg College's Hillel and Department of Religion.

Identified by "New York Jewish Week" and "The Forward" as one of the 45 Jewish leaders to watch and honored in 2000 as Woman of the Year by "Jewish Woman" magazine, Rabbi Grossman is an author, lecturer and storyteller who offers a blend of spiritual energy, joy, intellectual stimulation and pastoral compassion. She serves on the Committee for Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement and her decision on women serving as witnesses in Jewish law and the permissibility of partial birth abortion were accepted as one of the official positions by the group.

Rabbi Grossman was one of the first women ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the first woman to lead congregations in Westchester, N.Y. and Howard County, Md. She authored many articles on the role of women in Judaism and co-edited with the anthology "Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue." Before entering the rabbinate, she directed Holocaust programming for the National Jewish Resource Center (now CLAL) and worked for many years as a journalist and editor. She has served as spiritual leader of the Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, Md. since 1997.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 2/25/2008 

By: Justin Brower 

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2008

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