Please join Rabbi Debra for the following public events:

SHABBAT, Congregation B'nai Israel
Fridays, 8 PM, Saturday's 10 AM,
53 Palisade Ave., Emerson, NJ.
Rabbi Orenstein and Cantor Lenny Mandel conduct. (Also check our High Holidays schedule.) Please check the synagogue calendar, as times and even locations for services sometimes vary. For information call 201-265-2272 or go to:

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 3 PM,
270 West 89th St., NYC.
Debra will speak and lead discussions on a presentation entitled: Deconstructing Dena: Discerning Women's Voices and God's Voice in the Bible. Debra will guide a close reading of the story of Dena, noting and transcending patriarchy in the biblical text. Midrash will be invoked, but the focus will be on understanding the text on its own terms. She will also look briefly at other biblical texts and share her theory and method for uncovering women's voices and contributions in Scripture. (Program to start an hour and a half before candle-lighting.) Information at:

August 14-15, 2015.
The Hebrew Congregation at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Northwest New York State has invited Debra to return to the institution to lead evening and morning shabbat services next summer. Our whole family will be in residence at the institution for the following week. We invite you to join us. Information forthcoming from the Chautauqua Hebrew Congregation. And complete information about Chautauqua Institution is available at