Chava Weissler

Chava Weissler

Chava WeisslerChava Weissler received her B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and her Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, where she specialized in Jewish folklore. She is Professor Emerita of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, where she held the Philip and Muriel Berman Chair of Jewish Civilization. Her book on the religious lives of Jewish women, Voices of the Matriarchs, published by Beacon Press, Boston, was a Finalist for a National Jewish Book Award (1999), and won the Koret Foundation Book Award in Jewish History for 1999. She has published numerous articles on the “Jewish Renewal” movement in contemporary American Jewish life.


Selected Publications

Voices of the Matriarchs: Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women (Boston: Beacon Press, 1988)

“Meanings of Shekhinah in the ‘Jewish Renewal’ Movement,” in Women Remaking American Judaism, ed. Riv-Ellen Press (Detroit: Wayne State, 2007, 51-81)

“Vernacular Kabbalah, Embodiment, and Women in the Early Modern and Contemporary Periods,” in Gender and Jewish History, ed. Marion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011, 215-232)

“Holiness in the Kitchen,” in Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life, ed. by L. Fine, E. Fishbane, and O. Rose (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2011, 72-77)

“Performing Kabbalah in the Jewish Renewal Movement,” in Kabbalah and Contemporary Spiritual Revival, ed. Boaz Huss (Be‘er Sheva’: Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2011, 39-74)