Rosh Chodesh Nisan | Congregation Beth Am

Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Open Doors, Open Hearts: How Seder Frees Our Souls

Nisan is the month of Spring, of Pesach, of Redemption and Freedom, Miracles and Rebirth. It is a greater mitzvah to sanctify Nisan than to sanctify any other month. The Haggadah invites each of us to the table to discover how the journey from slavery to freedom is repeated anew in every generation. Join special guest Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D. to explore how Jewish feminists continue to renew and re-invigorate our telling of our story with new words, music, art and more. Come welcome the new month of Nisan and free your soul! 

All women welcome. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Lisa, (408) 448-4972.

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD. The founding Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center and first Rabbinic Director of Ma’yan, Elwell has spent 30 years working towards creating and sustaining healthy, inclusive, vibrant and open-hearted communities and congregations. She has served as a congregational rabbi, congregational consultant, and college teacher. She edited and contributed to Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation (2001), The Open Door, the CCAR Haggadah (2002) and served as the poetry editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (2008). Her most recent publication, Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives (2013) was a Finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Award. Elwell currently serves as Spiritual Director at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife, Nurit Shein, CEO of The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s pre-eminent LGBT health center.

Rosh Chodesh is a program of Beth Am Women.

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