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Sacred Memories: Reflections on Holy Days in Judaism and Islam

Please join the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies for this Madrasa-Midrasha event. Featured speakers will be Rabbi Chai Levy of Congregation Netivot Shalom and GTU doctoral student Mahjabeen Dhala, a presidential scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies.

Mahjabeen Dhala completed her MA with honors at the GTU. Mahjabeen is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the GTU as a presidential scholar in the department of Sacred Texts and their Interpretation. Her dissertation looks at early Shia activist voices, especially those of women. She is a member of the GTU Student Advisory Committee and works as program coordinator at the Center for Islamic Studies. In her capacity as a religious speaker and a spiritual guide, she has traveled widely, thus gaining a unique insight into the concerns of Muslim women globally.

Rabbi Chai Levy joined Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California as rabbi in July 2018. For sixteen years before that, she served Congregation Kol Shofar in Marin County, where she founded the award-winning Center for Jewish Spirituality. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she was ordained at the Jewish Theology Seminary in New York in 2002. Her teaching is most influenced by Jewish feminist theology and neo-Hasidic spirituality.

The Graduate Theological Union would like to thank the Walter & Elise Haas Fund for their generous support of the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies Madrasa-Midrasha program, which seeks to advance study, dialogue, and understanding on Jewish and Islamic texts and contexts within academia and the larger public.