The 2018 hurricane season is well underway. The most recent storm, Hurricane Michael, left parts of the Florida Panhandle in ruins, with at least five people dead and 1.1 million without power.

In honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia aims to encourage multi-dimensional engagement with Israel by all members across our diverse communities. This year, we are proud to support multiple programs hosted by the Orthodox community in the Greater Philadelphia area to inspire engagement with Israel’s abundance of Torah scholarship.

2018 Torah MiTziyon Programs

Rabbi Lila Kagedan

October 21, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Levering Mill House, Bala Cynwyd

Lechu Neranena, Lower Merion’s partnership minyan, welcomes Rabbi Lila Kageden for a scholar-in-residence weekend. The first female clergy member to preside in an Open Orthodox synagogue while using the title “Rabbi,” Rabbi Kageden will spend Shabbat in our community, speaking about her path to ordination as an Orthodox woman and her decision to take the title “Rabbi.” Focusing on options and obstacles that Orthodox women face — within their families, within their communities and from the larger Orthodox world —Rabbi Kageden will discuss her personal experiences as a female Orthodox rabbi, including how she has been received in both the U.S. and Israel, as well as Orthodox feminism in the two countries.

In 2011, Kagedan founded the Sulam School, a K-5 after-school program offering immersive Judaic studies in a pluralistic environment, in Brookline, Massachusetts. After receiving her ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, an Orthodox women’s religious training program, Rabbi Kageden joined the spiritual leadership team of Mount Freedom Jewish Center in New Jersey. She is now the Senior Rabbi at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA.