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Lunch and Learn: Dr. Judy Klitsner

Saturday, March 9, 2024 29 Adar I 5784

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Please join us for lunch and a shiur with Dr. Judy Klitsner of Pardes Institute. 

Noah and Jonah: Similar Stories With Opposing Perspectives on Human Resilience 

Is it possible for human beings to rebound and rebuild after a cataclysmic event?  To reveal the Bible's complex treatment of this question, we will explore the narratives of Noah and Jonah: two stories that share a remarkable number of themes, words and details, yet at the same time present opposing views on the notion of authentic and lasting human resilience. 

Sponsored by the Dr. H. Harold Gelfand Memorial Institute of Adult Education. Interested in cosponsoring? Contact Laura at


Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she holds the Rabbi Joshua S. Bakst Chair in Tanakh. A disciple of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy is a popular international lecturer, addressing audiences that span the denominational spectrum. She has served as a regular visiting lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies and has taught Bible to Christian and Muslim audiences. Judy Klitsner is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, which received a National Jewish book award. She is the founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that works to systemically address abuse in Jewish institutions. Judy has just completed a pilot for an ambitious joint Pardes-Sefaria project: an original, line-by-line commentary to Chumash. 

Lunch Registration Information

Member: $15 per adult / $7.50 per child (must be logged-in to your account)
General Community: $25 per person / $12.50 per child

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 5 at 1pm. 




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