Judy Klitsner is the Rabbi Joshua S. Bakst Chair in Tanakh senior educator in Bible at Pardes, where she has empowered a generation of students to seek meaning and relevance in the text through a skills-based method of learning. Many of her students now employ her methods in educating adults and children throughout the Jewish world. In her classes, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the text. A disciple of the great Bible teacher Nehama Leibowitz, Judy is a popular international speaker whose teaching style is accessible, interactive and text-based, and she is particularly fond of uncovering the intertextual links– the “vibrant conversation” that takes place between the Bible’s parallel stories. Judy has taught Bible to Christian and Muslim religious leaders and she has served as a regular visiting lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies. Judy is the author of the acclaimed book Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, which received a National Jewish book award.
Judy is the founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that seeks to address abuses of power in Jewish institutions.
Online learning: Click here to view online learning material from Judy on Elmad, online learning powered by Pardes.
Books/Publications: Subversive Sequels in the Bible (Jewish Publication Society) available at Amazon.com