Award-winning scholar and writer Michal Smart will present "Kaddish: Women's Voices - Lessons in Law, Liturgy and Life" on Sunday September 8, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle. The lecture, sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS), is free and open to women and men.
Currently serving as Director of Ayeka North America, and former Associate principal of Bi-Cultural Day School, Smart is Editor of "Kaddish: Women's Voices" (Urim Publications, 2013) winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award.
A leader in curriculum design and soulful pedagogy, Smart has received the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, the JEIC Educuation Innovation Award, and was a Designer on the Hakaveret Design Team. Earlier, Smart pioneered Jewish outdoor and environmental education in this country. She is a founder of the Teva Learning Center and co-author of "Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail" (Behrman House, 2000).
A Fulbright scholar in Jewish Thought, Smart received her A.B. from Princeton University and an M.S. from Cornell as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is also an alumna of the Melton Senior Educators Programand Pardes.