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Anne Lapidus Lerner

Both through her scholarship and through her service as the first woman vice chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Anne Lapidus Lerner helped make women’s studies an important sub-discipline of Jewish studies. Lerner began teaching Hebrew literature at JTS in 1969, serving as dean of JTS’s List College before becoming the first female vice chancellor in 1993 and serving in that position until 1999. During her tenure, she created JTS’s combined social work program with Columbia University and founded the Jewish Women’s Studies program, as well as directing the Jewish Feminist Research Group. Her study of the interaction between second wave feminism and Judaism, “Who Has Not Made Me a Man: The Movement for Equal Rights for Women in American Judaism,” published in 1977, has become a classic of Jewish feminist history. She has lectured at Harvard University’s Divinity School as well as Brandeis University, and as of 2014 is professor emerita at JTS.

Anne Lapidus Lerner
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Professor, author, and the first woman vice chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Anne Lapidus Lerner (b. 1942).

Photo courtesy of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Date of Birth
October 30, 1942
Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts

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