SHE: Third Biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium and Exhibit
Thursday, November 2, 2017
British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library
University of Colorado Boulder campus
Who is She? The Shekhinah, which derives from the Hebrew word for "dwell or settle," is a feminine divine presence, guiding and protecting men and women everywhere. She is power, wisdom, and compassion and has influenced Jews from the ancient world through Second and Third Wave feminism and into the transgender and environmental concerns of the present day. Who is She, how has She empowered us, and how does She appear to us today?
SHE, the third biannual Embodied Judaism Symposium, explored the concept of Shekhinah, drawing on materials in the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections held at the University of Colorado Boulder. The symposium featured insight and embodied presentations from Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone, Professor Joy Ladin, and Professor Samuel Boyd as well as an original performance from dancer and choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl, accompanied by professional dancer Bailey Harper. The symposium was accompanied by an exhibit exploring the concept of Shekinah, which is on display in CU Boulder's Norlin Library.
The 2017 symposium and exhibit were hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and the University Libraries' Special Collections, Archives and Preservation Department and made possible by support from Rose Community Foundation, an Innovative Seed Grant, and university cosponsors.