Imah on the bimah: Gender and the roles of Latin American Conservative congregational rabinas

Valeria Schindler, Florida International University

Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyze the impact of gender on the work of Latin American rabinas within Conservative congregations in Latin America. The fact that women’s roles in Latin America and in Judaism have been traditionally linked to nurturing and caring serves as the point of departure for my hypothesis, which is that the role rabinas play within their congregations is also linked to those traits. In this research I utilize a social scientific approach and qualitative methodology, conducting personal interviews with the rabinas. While this work proves that Conservative congregations in Latin America are gendered, my research demonstrates that this gendered division of labor does not have a negative impact on the work of rabinas. On the contrary, by embracing attributes of womanhood and motherhood rabinas become imah (mother) on the bimah (pulpit), educating, caring, and nurturing their congregations in a special and unique way.^

Subject Area

Religion, Clergy|Women's Studies|Latin American Studies|Gender Studies|Jewish Studies

Recommended Citation

Schindler, Valeria, "Imah on the bimah: Gender and the roles of Latin American Conservative congregational rabinas" (2011). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1499130.
https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1499130

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