Delphine Horvilleur

Photo of Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur by Rudy Waks, courtesy of Rabbi Horvilleur.

Delphine Horvilleur is helping transform the traditional French Jewish community through her work as a leader of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Horvilleur grew up with a strong sense of Jewish tradition. She studied journalism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, then moved to New York, where she took an intensive course of Jewish study at the Drisha Institute before beginning her studies at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. After her ordination in 2008, she returned to France, where she became (and remains, as of 2017) one of three leaders of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France, a liberal community affiliated with the World Union for Progressive Judaism, as well as rabbi of one of its two Parisian synagogues. In her work to bring a more progressive and inclusive mindset to the Jewish community, Horvilleur often draws upon both the values of secular French culture and the historical context that explains why Judaism developed along certain lines in France. This understanding of Jewish history and tradition influenced her two books on religion, Eve’s Costume: Feminism, Modesty, and Judaism (2013), and How the Rabbis Make Children: Sex, Transmission, and Identity in Judaism (2015).


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I have read the rabbi's book on antisemitism from a religious perspective. I found the book a joke! A religious perspective on antisemitism leads nowhere, perhaps religion on any perspective leads nowhere in fact. I cannot believe the attention this pseudo rabbi is getting, but anything goes in France I have found after about three stays in France for a total of 3 1/2 years.

Rabbi Horvilleur, hello to you once again. Chag Pesach Sameach to you and yours. We are once more visiting your lovely city and I cannot ascertain if you are there or not. In any case, we are coming to Paris and would like to attend Kabbalat Shabbat services on May 6, 2022. Yes, in two weeks. What should we do in order to make this happen? Thanks for the help.

Arieh and Val Waldman

On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 12:02 PM Delphine Horvilleur <> wrote:

Dear Arieh
Thanks for your message. I would have loved to see you and welcome you at our congregation during your stay but precisely on that week I'll be at a ski vacation in the Alps... Please, feel free to join our congregation at MJLF where my colleague rabbi Yann Boissiere will lead services, friday 6;45pm or saturday 10:30am.
It's not close to your hotel but near to the eiffel tower in the 15th arrondissement.
The closest liberal congregation to your hotel is CJL in the 11 th arrondissement. I wish you a wonderful stay while you'll be here. Sincerely
Rabbi delphine Horvilleur

I wouldlike to buy the book:
Eve's Costume: Feminism, Modesty and Judaism


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