Women of the Talmud?! Who knew?

It’s the kind of subject you might expect from a group rated by Slingshot as one of the most innovative Jewish nonprofits in the nation. “Women of the Talmud,” the latest offering from the Women’s Jewish Learning Center, will discuss the role of women during the rise of rabbinic Judaism.

“Like their descendants, our ancient Jewish foremothers were no shrinking violets,” reads a WJLC email announcing the special women’s study series offered in collaboration with Hadassah Valley of the Sun and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center.

“Learn with us about some incredible women,” it goes on to say, and naming Bruriah, Ima Shalom, Yalta and Rabbi Judah’s maid as just a few of the subjects.

The series opens with 7- 8:30 p.m. session on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Valley of the Sun JCC: “Torah and Chutzpah: The Life of Bruriah.” Subsequent sessions are “A Force of Nature: Stories about Yalta,” 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8; “Rabbi Judah’s Housekeeper: Wisdom in Unlikely Places,” 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014; and “Ima Shalom: Mother of Peace,” 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 2.

Price per session is $20 for JCC, Hadassah or WJLC members, while the nonmember price is $25. The series price is $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers, according to the VOSJCC site. Register for each class individually or for the whole series through the VOSJCC.

— Salvatore Caputo, assistant managing editor


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