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Leaning In to Multiple Identities: From Shifra and Puah, to Matilda Shechter, to the Women of Today

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Leaning In to Multiple Identities:From Shifra and Puah, to Matilda Shechter, to the Women of Today Sisterhood Shabbat By Alissa Baum


I’ll never forget an interaction I had with a young woman soon after I finished my course work as a clinical psychologist.This young woman who happened to be in college approached me at Camp Ramah Darom when we were there one summer:“Dr. Baum, my name is Shira, it’s so nice to meet you.I was wondering if you could give me some professional advice as I plan for my future.”As someone who just achieved a milestone in my professional life, I was so eager to hear this question and offer some sage advice.“Dr. Baum, how do I marry a rabbi?”
You all at CSK (Congregation Shaarei Kodesh) know me as Alissa, and I even allow some of you to call me ‘rebetzin’, but beyond the shul walls I actually have several different names.For most of the day, I am Dr. Baum, a clinical psychologist at the Renfrew Center, an eating disorder treatment center.At home, my children don…