Professor Joy Ladin
Professor Ladin holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. Joy's return to Yeshiva University as a woman, after receiving tenure as a man, made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews. Her seventh book of poetry is due out in 2015. The author is on the Board of Keshet, a national organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.
Sylvia Barack Fishman (Facilitator)Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman is the Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and also co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is currently working on a book entitled Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of the Gender Revolution.
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