Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler

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Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD, is the David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Gender Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.  She was one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into the interpretation of Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics. Her essay "The Jew Who Wasn't There" (1971) is sometimes considered the first piece of Jewish feminist theology, and her bold reading of Jewish theology,Engendering Judaism (1999), won a National Jewish Book award, the first awarded to a feminist theologian.  She has authored many articles and is working on a book on theology of suffering.