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Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

Our 2019 Scholar in Residence sponsored by the Pamela K. Wiles Fund for Interfaith Understanding is Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, an expert in human sexuality and inclusion. Click to learn more about Rabbi Grushcow.

5:45 PM Congregational Dinner: 
Menu: bourbon glazed salmon kabob (vegetarian option available); wild rice & red quinoa combo; fresh asparagus with fig glaze; mixed greens with berries & balsamic vinaigrette 
Cost: $18 (13+)/$10 (children 4–12)/Free (children 3 & under); Register online or RSVP to Judy Rulin Mahan at or (412) 421-9715 ext. 110 by 5 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

7 PM Shabbat Evening Service: Rabbi Grushcow will speak briefly during the service.

8:30 PM Special After Oneg Presentation: The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality

8:30 AM Torah Study: The Strange Case of the Suspected Wife: Text Study of Numbers 5:11–31

11:30 AM Potluck Lunch with Presentation: Inclusion in the Book of Exodus: Two Models for Community

5:30 PM An LGBTQ+ Conversation: Join us for an engaging evening focusing on Jewish LGBTQ+ experiences. 

9 AM Brunch with Presentation: Coming Out of Comfort: Hard Questions & the Search for Connection Register online or RSVP to Judy Rulin Mahan at (412) 421-9715 ext. 110 or by 5 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 12.


Rabbi Grushcow is the author of Writing the Wayward Wife: Rabbinic Interpretations of Sotah, and the editor of The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality. She is a contributor to The Torah: A Women’s Commentary and the Torah Treasures videos for children, and is a regular columnist with the Canadian Jewish News

Rabbi Grushcow received her B.A. from McGill University in 1996. She was then named a Rhodes Scholar and spent three years at Oxford University, where she earned a master’s degree in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, and then a doctorate. She was ordained a rabbi in 2003 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Upon graduation, Rabbi Grushcow joined Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, where she served as Associate Rabbi. She held this position until July 1, 2012 when she assumed the role of Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal.

Sat, January 25 2020 28 Tevet 5780