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Jews by Choice, Jews by Chance: Leadership in Bay Area Jewish Life

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

Rabbi Susan Leider of Congregation Kol Shofar, J. Editor Sue Fishkoff, and Dr. Peg Sandel, head of school at Brandeis Marin, talk about their journeys to Judaism and how being a Jew by choice influences their work. Their panel discussion will be moderated by San Francisco State Jewish studies professor Marc Dollinger.

Sue Fishkoff’s father is Jewish; she underwent an Orthodox conversion at age 19 with her grandparents’ rabbi. She is the author of The Rebbe’s Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch and Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority.

Susan Leider, who was raised Catholic and converted to Judaism in 1989, received her rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and is a candidate for a doctoral degree in Jewish studies at the Spertus Institute in Chicago. Her conversion experience allows her to relate to adults just starting their Jewish learning.

Peg Sandel grew up questioning religion, but it wasn’t until she was a freshman at a Christian college that she decided to convert to Judaism and make Jewish learning her career. She earned a doctorate in Jewish studies from UC Berkeley/Graduate Theological Union and was dean of Jewish studies and Hebrew at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Co-presented by j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera. 

Earlier Event: May 4
Yom HaShoah