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Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
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Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Anisfeld.

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has brought her passion for activism into her role as dean of the rabbinical school at Hebrew College, inspiring her students to blend both engagement with tradition and engagement with social justice. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Anisfeld served for many years as a Hillel rabbi at Yale, where she led the university’s first women’s Seder in 1993, an annual event that led to her co-editing the two-volume Women’s Seder Sourcebook and Women’s Passover Companion ten years later. She also organized a groundbreaking national conference for Jewish women at Yale in 1997. She then shifted focus to helping shape Jewish leaders at Hebrew College, becoming dean of students in 2004 and dean of the rabbinical school in 2006. Anisfeld has been praised for encouraging her students to pursue their own vision of the rabbinate, investigate their own spiritual paths, and act as leaders in social action. She has been honored several times as one of Newsweek/Daily Beast’s 50 most influential rabbis.

Blog posts

Bella Abzug and Others in a Purim Play, New York City, 1934

Purim Poem: Mishloach Manot

On my neighbor’s doorstep
I left a brown paper bag.
In it, I put two hamentaschen,
a clementine,
some chocolate pretzels,
and a small box of raisins.
To increase peace, love, and
friendship in the world,
obviously.
And then I walked away
feeling lighter,
unburdened,
the weight of endless obligation
lifted
for a moment.

Topics: Purim

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld." (Viewed on March 27, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/rabbi-sharon-cohen-anisfeld>.

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