Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.


with Dr. Rachel Greenblatt

Meets virtually on Mondays, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
6 sessions, April 27 – June 8
Cost: $150 TI members; $210 public (Scholarships available – email to learn more)

**This class will meet virtually via Zoom**

A clearly patriarchal structure governed traditional Jewish life: men counted in a prayer quorum, learned Talmud, read, wrote; women did not. Yes—but. In reality, many Jewish women in medieval and early modern Europe read, wrote, worked in the publishing trade, taught women, and led their prayers. In this course, we will encounter the writings of several such women, reading excerpts in class and discussing the personal concerns, historical context they reveal and considering the meaning of their work for us today. Authors under consideration may include: Glikl bas Judah Leib (Hamburg and Metz; 1645-1724), Beila Perlhefter (Prague, Altdorf, Italy; d. 1709), Rivkah Tiktiner (Cracow, Prague; d. 1605), Rachel Morpurgo (Italy; 1790-1871), Devorah Romm (Vilna; c. 1831-1903), and more.

Spring 2020 Class Meeting Dates:
April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8

This class qualifies for the “History” category of the Chochmat Lev, A Learned Heart Certificate.



Temple Israel is committed to providing accessible content open to everyone. Please don’t let cost be a barrier to your participation. Email Brigid Goggin at to learn more.


Rachel L. Greenblatt is a historian focusing on the cultural life, broadly conceived, of the Jews of early modern Central and Eastern Europe (approximately 1550-1800). She teaches at Dartmouth College and has previously taught at Harvard and Wesleyan Universities. Greenblatt is author of To Tell Their Children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague (Stanford University Press, 2014), which incorporates a wide variety of material and textual sources in reconstructing the ways in which Prague’s early modern Jews—women and men, young and old—told their own stories of their communal past and familial histories. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, her B.A. in History at Cornell.