Uncovering the Forbidden: A View from Under the Bed

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:07 AM by Eli Cohen   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 7:25 AM ]
Yavneh is proud to announce 
the second installment of our “Mind, Body and Soul” series, 
which will continue on next Shabbat, March 12th with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus LCSW, MPH, PHD, who will deliver a talk titled, 

Uncovering the Forbidden: A View from Under the Bed,” 
during which Dr. Marcus will discuss why addressing issues of sex and sexuality is important for our community, and how issues of tzniyut and privacy affect our ability to deal with sexual issues and sex education.

Additionally, Dr. Marcus will be speaking over drinks and dessert at my home on Friday night, 
March 11th at 8:45
The topic of this talk will be “How to Talk to your children about Sex." 
Address will be provided upon RSVP. Simply respond to this email.

Termed “The Orthodox Sex Guru” by a recent profile in the NY Times,
Bat Sheva Marcus, is one of the founders and the Clinical Director of Maze Women’s Sexual Health. One of the largest centers of its kind, the center is dedicated to helping women with a wide variety of sexual issues.  
Dr. Marcus earned her PhD in Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA.  She also holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Marcus is the President of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and has sat on its board of directors for 16 years. 
She is a coordinator of her partnership minyan in Riverdale, Shachar and was past chair of the Women’s Tefillah Network.
Dr. Marcus has lectured internationally on women’s issues and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including CNBC, CBS News, Huffington Post Live. 
She has been written up many times in New York Times, Time Magazine and Westchester Magazine as well as a myriad of local publications.


Critics have declared that Yavneh and other partnership minyanim are “not Orthodox.” 
At Yavneh, our goal is to create a community where all people can come and explore their relationship with God, prayer and each other within the framework of Halakha
Does this truly put us outside the tent of Orthodoxy?  How are these boundaries determined and by whom?  What happens when the sources tell one story, but tradition another?
With this series, we seek to explore the stated boundaries of Modern Orthodoxy and what it means to be “in” or “out.”  
As partnership minyanim such as Yavneh continue to offer an alternative to Orthodox Jews dissatisfied with the traditional synagogue model, 
Yavneh is proud to offer speakers you won’t find at your local Orthodox synagogue — but who have much to say about the mind, body, and soul of Orthodox Jews.


On April 16, we will conclude by asking challenging questions about God and the soul with Dr. Erin Leib Smokler, director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, who will speak about spirituality and Modern Orthodoxy.  


We look forward to coming together as a community to delve deeply into these areas — to grow and to learn.  Please make sure to join us on March 12 as we continue this exciting series.

At this time, the Kiddish for March 12 is as yet unsponsored. Please let us know if you have an event or an occasion that you would like to celebrate with our community.