Rabbi Rachel Mikva to Speak on PennWest Edinboro’s Uncomfortable Conversations Series

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — PennWest Edinboro receives a special visit from a rabbi with a history and passion for justice issues and academic expertise in the Jewish community.

Pennsylvania Western University’s Uncomfortable Conversations series continues at 7 p.m. on October 24 with a presentation by a rabbi, scholar and interfaith activist Dr. Rachel Mikva. Her talk, “Jewish Pride: Reexamining Tradition on Gender and Sexuality,” will address religious notions of appropriate sexual behavior and gender identity and the intersection of religion and politics.

Dr. Mikva is the Herman E. Schaalman Professor of Jewish Studies and a senior faculty member of the Interfaith Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS).

With a passion for justice and academic expertise in the history of scriptural interpretation, his courses and publications address a range of Jewish and comparative studies, with a particular interest in the intersections of scripture, culture and ethics.

She has been honored multiple times for her involvement in justice issues, including the J Street Tzedek v’Shalom Award, the Judith Parks Sanderson Women’s Leadership Award from CTS, and the Humanitarian Award from the Interfaith Coalition of the Sound Shore Communities.

The series is free and open to the public and will be held at the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center – Recital Hall on the Edinboro campus.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the Erie Jewish Community Council and the PennWest Provost’s Office; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division; LGBTQIA+ Commission and the LGBTQIA+ Fund.

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