Writing Torah: Jewish Tradition, Feminist Politics & Queer Texts

Shaarei Shamayim welcomes back our soferet (Torah scribe), Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli. 

We’ll begin the evening with a kosher catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli will reflect on what it meant for her to work with our congregation while writing the Torah. RSVPs are required; the deadline has passed, but email office@shamayim.org to see if there are any cancellations. 

During her more formal presentation at 7:00 p.m., Rabbi Lavery-Yisraeli will discuss feminist politics, traditional Jewish practice, and forgotten stories of the Talmud. In particular she will highlight texts that shed light on issues of queerness and gender. All are welcome to join us for a fascinating evening. No knowledge of Talmud is necessary!

Located at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Courtyard Room C (Atrium building).

Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Canada, Jerusalem, Sweden, and has now returned to Canada. Rabbi Lavery-Yisraeli began studying Talmud and the laws of sofrut (the art of writing traditional Jewish texts) several years ago. She has repaired Torah scrolls, written mezuzot and ketubot, and completed her first Torah scroll (for Shaarei Shamayim) in 2015. She uses a lettering typical of the Darda'im, a subset of Yemenite Jews. Learn more about her work on her blog.

All are welcome to join us for a fascinating evening.


June 20th, 2018 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM