The 2015 Annual Women’s Education Symposium ran in early March under the partnership of the UJA Greenwich Women’s Philanthropy and JCC Greenwich. Held at a private home in Greenwich, the event was well-attended with over 50 women from the community who attended the event. Author Iris Krasnow was the keynote speaker, speaking about her bestselling book, “Sex After...Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes,” where she shared personal anecdotes on issues related to family, relationships, and female empowerment.
Shelly Dembe, author of Wrestling with Yoga: Journey of a Jewish Soul, also spoke, sharing her personal story about leaving the ashram and joining the shtetl. She also gave participants their own full body “YogaDance” workout, which was “not your ordinary yoga class,” says Lydia Fan, marketing and communications manager at JCC Greenwich.
Also presenting at the event, Dr. Jon D. Levenson, author of Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarcy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, gave participants insight into Abraham’s role in the relationship among the three “Abrahamic” religions, while also reveling how the Abraham of Judaism is often misunderstood.
Foodies enjoyed speaker and chef Michael Twitty, author of Jewish Soul Food. Twitty gave a Jewish soul food cooking demo and participants made black eyed pea hummus and matza ball gumbo.
By Tamar Weinberg