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You are cordially invited to the

2011 Dr. Samuel Atlas Memorial Lecture

“Women’s Participation in Torah and Mitzvot:
Surprising Views from Sephardic Sources”

Prof. Zvi Zohar,
Faculty of Law and Faculty of Jewish Studies,
Bar Ilan University

Wednesday, November 30 at 6 pm

Free admission; Current government-issued photo ID required

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Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
One West Fourth Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), New York

Professor Zvi Zohar was born in the U.S. and has been living in Israel since his parents immigrated in 1958. After three years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, where he currently holds the rank of Major in the Reserves, he studied for three years in the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, before engaging in undergraduate studies at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba. His graduate studies were conducted at the Hebrew University's Institute of Contemporary Jewry, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1989.

He currently works at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Contemporary Halacha and teaches in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Program in Contemporary Jewry at Bar Ilan University. He is regarded as an expert on Sephardi Halacha and traditions. His research interests include all aspects of the anthropology, sociology, history, and philosophy of Halacha. Professor Zohar's publications include: Tradition and Change, Conversion and Jewish Identity (co-authored with Avi Sagi); Sephardic Halacha and Rabbinic Thought in the Modern Middle East; and Realms of Identity and Deviance (co-authored with Avi Sagi).

The Dr. Samuel Atlas Memorial Lecture is made possible by the Dr. Bernard Heller Foundation,
with additional support from Lief Rosenblatt.