Torah Study with Guest Scholar Dr. Michal Raucher


February 10, 2024


09:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT


Gather with the Temple Israel community onsite or online for Saturday morning Torah Study.

On Saturday, November 11, following the Torah service, Dr. Michal Raucher  will lead our community in an interactive teaching entitled "Justification or Justice? Jewish Textual Sources on Abortion." In the wake of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, many Jewish institutions have been speaking out in support of greater abortion access. These statements rely upon a canon of biblical and rabbinic sources. In this session we will look at these classical sources and consider what they offer us in terms of support for abortion, and what they leave out.

About Dr. Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a scholar of women in contemporary Judaism, reproductive ethics, and religious authority. Dr. Raucher’s first book, an ethnography of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish women’s reproductive ethics, titled Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women, was published by Indiana University Press in 2020. Dr. Raucher is writing her second book, The New Rabbis, an ethnography of the ordination of women in Orthodox Judaism in Israel and America. Currently, Dr. Raucher is conducting research on abortion and religion, interviewing Jews who have had abortions in America since 1973. Dr. Raucher earned her PhD in Religious Studies from Northwestern University. She also has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Columbia University.

All are welcome. Join us onsite, on Zoom, or via Temple Israel’s livestream. Questions? Call 617-566-3960 or email

Afterward, those who join onsite are invited to stay for a festive oneg to connect with friends and community.

Other Learning Sessions

Qabbalat Shabbat with Guest Scholar Dr. Michal Raucher, Friday, February 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


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