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Sunday, December 8 • 3:35pm - 4:40pm
Splitting Hairs: Views on Kisui Rosh

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Jewish women make the personal choice to cover or uncover their heads and their hair for a variety of reasons. Some decide after an in-depth study of halakhic sources, others feel communal pressures, while others follow family traditions, without understanding why. Panelists will address their own experiences and journeys with kisui rosh. They will talk about the social and communal implications of their choices and address the ways in which their decisions have affected them as role models in their communities.


Victoria Sutton

Victoria Sutton is a fourth year student at Yeshivat Maharat. Prior to that, Victoria spent one year studying Talmud at Mechon Hadar.  A graduate of Barnard College, with a BA in Biological Sciences, she also holds a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. She is currently the rabbinic fellow for synagogue initiatives at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and is continuing in her... Read More →

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Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman

Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman recently moved to Washington DC to serve as Maharat at Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue. Ruth graduated from Barnard College in 2007, and then spent 2 years studying at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in New York before attending Yeshivat Maharat. As a supporter of dialogue and pluralism, Ruth has participated in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Leaders... Read More →
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Amy Newman

Amy Newman teaches Biblical Literature at Gann Academy the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. Before moving to Boston, Amy lived in New York City, where she taught at Ramaz and was a board member and co-chair of Darkhei Noam. She is a graduate of the Scholars Circle program at Drisha Institute of Jewish Education, and holds a Masters of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Dr. Naama Weinstock

Dr. Naama Weinstock is a general dentist practicing in Queens and Long Island. A graduate of Stern College and Columbia Dental School, she attended Michlelet Orot after graduating from her hometown Yeshiva of the South in Memphis. For the past decade, she and her family have resided on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where her husband, Rabbi Elie Weinstock, serves as Associate Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ). While raising her 4... Read More →

Sunday December 8, 2013 3:35pm - 4:40pm

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