Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, shares a story of a special woman, who was renowned for her exceptional intellect in an era when many women did not learn to read. This unknown matriarch, Sarah Rivka Leah Rachel Horowitz, combined an appreciation of women’s traditional roles while demonstrating that women had far more learning abilities than was usually recognized.
Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox, discusses how we read this story today with our own cultural context. In today’s world, the role of women and the role of the patriarchy have changed. Not only that, but the minds of men and women have evolved along with their change in status.
Growing up in St Petersburgh, making aliya to Israel and living and studying in the United States have given Rabbi Irina Gritsevskaya the perfect background to reach students and families around the world as she leads Schechter’s programs in Ukraine and coordinate Schechter study groups throughout Israel.
Dr. Einat Ramon, talks about the place of women in this important field. Political and spiritual leaders like Ada Fishman Maimon and Yemima Avital brought new perspectives to theological writing.
Dr. Gila Vachman, explores Miriam’s identity and leadership and its association with water. What was the connection between the death of Miriam and the absence of water?
Noting the verb roots of the verse, Eitan Cooper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Schechter Institutes calls attention to a Talmudic debate between Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani and Resh Lakish on how men and women were created. This debate shows how even the ancient scholars engaged in debates on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The 13th annual conference was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, with the generous support of Professor Alice Shalvi, former Rector and Acting President of Schechter. Among the speakers were women leading the successful effort to pass a law that incriminates consumers of prostitution. The law was passed at the end of 2018, shortly before the upcoming elections to the Knesset were declared. The new law will come into force within 16 months, together with a rehabilitation program for women involved in prostitution, and will impose fines on consumers. Israel is the eighth country in the world to legislate such a law.
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Professor. Renee Levine Melammed shares with us the powerful story of influential Jewish women during the Middle Ages.
The 19th annual Regional Masorti Women’s Study Days were held in February across Israel.
The overall theme was “Women’s Voices Changing the Discourse: From Bible to Today”
On December 4th, 2018, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Israel demanding that authorities act to curb sharp increase in violence against women. This is the time to remind ourselves that Jewish tradition honors strong women. Let us look in depth at Eshet Chayil, the proverbial woman of valor – what are the qualities she is praised for?