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Panel Discussion: Married to the Rabbi

Panel Discussion: Married to the Rabbi
Sep 01 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Married to the Rabbi

Panel Discussion: Married to the Rabbi

When: Tuesday, September 1st at 2PM

What: Inspired by the book, Married to the Rabbi: Sixty Spouses of Retired Reform Rabbis in Their Own Words edited by Naomi Patz and Judy Maslin, this panel discussion, moderated by Karen Franklin, will feature southern rabbis’ wives who contributed essays to the book along with special guest, Naomi Patz. Hear from panelists Janice Rothschild Blumberg, Pat Bloom, and Jeanne Danziger as they share insights about being a Rebbetzin in the American South during the transitional years of the second half of the 20th century. 

Where: Zoom

Registration: Zoom | Register Here

Cost: Free


To purchase Married to the Rabbi, please visit here.

The program is presented by The Breman Museum in partnership with the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life


About the Speakers

Moderator: Karen S. Franklin is Director of Family Research at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York. She has served as chair of the Council of American Museums, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and as chair of the Memorial Museums Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Married to a rabbi herself, Karen and husband Rabbi Stephen Franklin moved to the Bronx in 1979 to take on spiritual leadership at Riverdale Temple. An essay by Karen also appears in Married to the Rabbi.

Panelist: Janice Rothschild Blumberg is a native Atlantan with deep family ties in Georgia. In 1946, she met and married Jacob Rothschild, the new rabbi at The Temple. On October 12, 1958 The Temple was bombed by white supremacists. Janice testified in court against George Bright, the primary suspect in the bombing. Over the years, she has held leadership positions in numerous organizations including the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Museum, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. She served as President of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Janice is the author of a number of books including Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi Alphabet Browne 1845-1929; One Voice: Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild and the Troubled South and two histories of the Temple: As But a Day: The First Hundred Years (1867-1967) and As But a Day: To a Hundred and Twenty (1867-1987).   She has contributed to numerous publications including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Southern Israelite, The Encyclopedia Judaica, Education for One World, and the Jewish Georgian.

Panelist: Jeanne Danziger is a first generation American born in Ohio and transplanted to Memphis in high school. While in college she met and married the newly ordained assistant at Temple Israel, Rabbi Harry Danziger. Harry later became Senior Rabbi in Memphis where they have lived virtually all their married lives. Jeanne is an educator with an M. A. in History who has taught high school, preschool, and continues to tutor public elementary school students. Jeanne furthered her goal to change lives by becoming the Director of the Job Bank and later Marketing Manager of the Mid South Food Bank at MIFA , Metropolitan Interfaith Association, which became the largest social service agency in West Tennessee. MIFA was formed after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Jr by a broad religious coalition to address critical community needs. Jeanne remains involved in her Memphis community and advocates especially for cultural, educational, and social justice issues. She is also devoted to Temple Adath Israel in Cleveland, MS, which Harry serves as visiting Rabbi.

Panelist: Pat Bloom was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is where she met her husband, Rabbi Irving Bloom, while he was enrolled in rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After ordination, Rabbi Bloom served as a chaplain for the U.S. Air Force, and as assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in New Orleans, Louisiana, before settling in Mobile, Alabama, to serve as rabbi of Springhill Avenue Synagogue. While in Mobile, Pat volunteered for Women in Community Service and served as a board member for the League of Women Voters, which became the first women’s organization to invite Black women to become members. One of her proudest moments in Mobile was when her husband read from the Bible at a memorial service in honor of Reverend James Reeb, who was tragically murdered during a civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama. In 1972, the Blooms moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Rabbi Bloom served as spiritual leader of Temple Israel and Pat Bloom led the choir there for several years. After his retirement in 1997, the Blooms returned to the South, first living in Mobile and now Atlanta. Rabbi Bloom passed away this past January. May his memory be a blessing.

Special guest: Naomi Patz, editor of Married to the Rabbi, is the author of nine books, including Explaining Reform Judaism with Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, and editor of the multi-year “Judaica Series” for the National Young Leadership Cabinet of UJA. She directed the North American Jewish Forum for seven years and for eight years was national director of Partnership 2000, both intensive Israel-Diaspora partnerships. Her play, “The Last Cyclist”, has been captured on film and is currently making the rounds of film festivals. She is married to Norman Patz, rabbi emeritus of Temple Sholom in Cedar Grove, New Jersey and currently one of the rabbis serving Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hers is the final essay in Married to the Rabbi.

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