Join the WRN for a conversation with Rabbi Marla Feldman, Anat Hoffman and Rabbi Naamah Kelman
as we celebrate their impactful careers and retirements.
This event will be moderated by Rabbi Amy Perlin.
We will also mark the transition from Yom HaZikaron to Yom Ha'atzmaut together.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
9am PT | noon ET | 7pm Israel
Rabbi Marla Feldman is the executive director of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Prior to that, Feldman served as Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and Director of Development for the URJ. Feldman is a Reform rabbi (HUC, NY) and lawyer (JD, Univ. of Fla). Previously, she worked in the Jewish community relations field in Detroit and Delaware and served congregations in Sarasota and Orlando, Florida. Feldman is the author of the upcoming book “Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices through New and Ancient Midrash” (JPS, July 2023). She has authored Reform Movement action manuals and her articles have appeared in numerous books and publications. Feldman guest-edited issues of CCAR Journal on Pay Equity (2018) and Gender in Jewish Life (May 2021).
Anat Hoffman is Chair of the Board and founding member of Women of the Wall. She previously served for twenty years as the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) the legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. Prior to working for IRAC, she held a seat on the Jerusalem City Council, where for fourteen years she stood in opposition to the policies of the city's right-wing and ultra-Orthodox administration. She has dedicated her adult life to the Jewish principle of tikkun olam.
Rabbi Naamah Kelman is a descendent of rabbis, becoming the first woman to be ordained by the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem in 1992, where she is currently the Dean. Born and raised in New York, she has lived in Israel since 1976; where she has worked for the promotion and establishment of Pluralistic Judaism for Israelis and strengthening the ties between Israel and World Jewry.
Rabbi Amy R. Perlin, D.D. served Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia for thirty-two years, until retiring in 2018 as the Founding Rabbi Emerita. Known as a master teacher, liturgist, counselor, rabbinic mentor, and historian, she is a Reform Movement leader and innovator. She has been a JWI “Women to Watch” and was included in the Forward’s list of America’s 36 Most Inspiring Rabbis. This past spring, her portrait was one of 24 women rabbis featured in the museum exhibit “Holy Sparks,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of women in the rabbinate. A committed philanthropist, Amy is president of the Perlin Family Foundation, serves on the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR, and continues to mentor rabbis in the US and Israel.