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Sex and the Jewish Soul: Ethics, Gender and Judaism


January 6, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Wallenberg Hall (Bldg 160), Room 124

A lecture by Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life (Stanford). Part of a lecture series on  Sexuality, Gender, and Religion. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Prof. Linda Hess. Stanford students can register for the entire series as a 2-unit course: RELIGST 24 / FEMGEN 24.

This lecture will explore traditional Jewish teachings on sexual relationships and ethics in light of contemporary mores and realities, with particular attention to gender, sexual reciprocity, and respect for one’s sexual partner. The talk will also look at troubling texts addressing heterosexual relationships and same-sex relationships.

Rabbi Karlin-Neumann was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1982 and came to Stanford in 1996. The first Stanford University Chaplain from a tradition other than Christianity, she was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life in 2001. She teaches and lectures widely on Jewish feminism, rabbinical ethics, the relationship between religion and education, and social justice. At Stanford, she teaches courses including “Spirituality and Nonviolent Social Transformation” and “Rereading
Judaism in Light of Feminism.”