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‘Beyond 9 to 5’ series brings Jewish learning to working women

A new series sponsored by Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ will bring a taste of Jewish learning to women who are employed outside the home during the workday.

A repeat of a successful women’s education program that ran in the mornings this past winter, the Beyond 9 to 5 Education Series is designed for working women as well as those looking to network and expand their social contacts.

“We developed the women’s education program to respond to a need of our Women’s Philanthropy community for Jewish learning for Jewish meaning,” said series creator Lisa Lisser, WP vice president of leadership development. “After a huge response to our morning series, we decided to run another series in the evenings for working women. We hope to reach an engaged group of Jewish women who are looking to make meaning from our heritage as well as from our present.”

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“We brainstormed with a small committee to determine what kinds of topics our women wanted to study and realized that Torah study met that demand, particularly with a provocative topic. We also heard that our women wanted to know how to respond to anti-Israel rhetoric in the press, in discussions with others and in dealing with college campus anti-Israel issues,” Lisser added.

Two sessions have emerged from the ideas generated by Lisser’s committee, both to be held in private homes. The first one, “Love, Sex and Torah,” will be held Thursday, May 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The engaging discussion on sexuality in the Torah and tradition will be presented by Rabbi Amy Small, a Fellow of Rabbis Without Borders and founder of Deborah’s Palm Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences, based in Morristown.

The second session, “Israel: Making Sense Out of All the Noise,” will be presented on Tuesday, May 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., by Elliot Mathias, founder and director of Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel advocacy training program for North American university students; and Marc Leibowitz, an Israeli paratrooper turned investment manager from New Jersey who blogs about the Israeli-Arab conflict. The session will be moderated by Sheri Goldberg, chair of the Israel and World Affairs subcommittee of Federation’s Community Relations Committee.

Coffee and kosher desserts will be served. The cost is $36 to attend both sessions.

For more information, contact Beth Levin at (973) 929-3089 or or register at

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