Be’er Miriam Scholar 2018: Shira Eliassan

Be'er Miriam Scholar 2018: Shira Eliassan

Be’er Miriam aims to inspire young people and create new leadership models by introducing them to outstanding women who are both leaders and Torah scholars. Workshops take place over one week in the lead-up to International Women’s Day and are open to Jewish schools, JSocs and youth groups.

This year’s programme runs from 27 February to 5 March. Register your interest by emailing

This year’s Be’er Miriam Scholar is: Shira Eliassan!

Shira Eliassian intends to fashion a career that allows her to fully live out her Jewish, academic, and feminist ambitions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Barnard College, NY with a BA in English Literature in 2016. She has created programming and online education for JOFA in New York, including managing the production of The Joy of Text, a podcast on Judaism and sexuality, and is the editor of The JOFA Blog.

Shira is currently pursuing a Masters in Religion at the University of Chicago.  Her studies focus on how religion is expressed through literature and visual culture. She combines her traditional Jewish education with critical theory from academic settings in order to reconsider what it means to be a person of faith today.


The Art of Crafting Ritual

What is an “authentic religious experience”?

How can we create new rituals that balance feminist sensibilities with tradition?

In reimaging an Orthodox community that offers equal opportunities to men and women, Jewish feminists have needed to design rituals that are inclusive towards women.

In this session will outline the basic features of ritual, in order to understand what components are necessary in the shaping of new rituals, and consider the challenges and opportunities they present today.

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