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Arna Poupko Fisher  

Arna Poupko Fisher, a noted lecturer and educator, was the first individual to serve as a permanent, full time, scholar in residence for a Federation when she began her pioneering work as the Judaic Consultant of the Montreal Federation in 1993.

In this capacity, Ms. Fisher was the scholar, teacher, and advisor within the Federation and its 20 constituent agencies. The prestigious Avi Chai Foundation celebrated this work when it awarded this position the first prize for "Excellent Community Initiatives to Strengthen Jewish Commitment". Ms. Fisher taught classical Jewish texts to communal leaders and professionals in an open and inviting atmosphere, encouraging diversity of thought and approaches.Arna Fisher has lectured in over 120 communities throughout North America and was featured on the cover of the International edition of Lifestyles magazine, which described her ability to provoke and inspire diverse Jewish audiences- irrespective of affiliation or level of Jewish knowledge.

Graduating from Yeshiva University with degrees in both Jewish education and medieval Jewish philosophy, Ms. Fisher continued her graduate work in the Doctoral programs of both the University of Toronto, and McGill University. She is a frequent guest on national radio and television and has published on subjects pertaining to the relationship of Jewish Law to contemporary society.

Arna Fisher serves as faculty for the Wexner Heritage Foundation; The Wexner Graduate Fellows program, and has taught at both the University of Toronto and McGill University. Ms. Fisher is currently on the faculty of the Department of Jewish studies at the University of Cincinnati where she teaches Bible and Law.

Ms. Fisher recently moved from Montreal to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she and her husband, together, have 8 children, including two sets of twins.


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