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Melton Course - Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash

Monday, 23 January, 2023 1 Shevat 5783

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMOnline

Tracing major female figures of the Bible through classic and modern midrashic commentary, we meet a dazzling line up of more than a dozen biblical heroines — some you may know and some you may have never heard of! Let’s go behind the scenes to gain multiple perspectives on their lives, relationships, and choices, as we understand their roles in Jewish history and literature as full, well-rounded characters. No previous experience with Melton and no prerequisites required! Everyone is welcome.

Hosted by Congregation Shaarey Zedek with Winnipeg Course Instructor, Patti Cohen

Lesson 1 – Biblical Women and Midrash: An Introduction
Lesson 2 – Chavah: Choice and Destiny
Lesson 3 – Sarah: Hidden and Revealed
Lesson 4 – Lot’s Wife and Daughters: Mortality and Eternity
Lesson 5 – Rivkah: Continuity and Rupture
Lesson 6 – Rachel and Leah: Sisters and Rivals
Lesson 7 – Serach bat Asher: Memory and Invention
Lesson 8 – Women of the Exodus: Resistance and Revelation
Lesson 9 – Devorah: Prophecy and Power
Lesson 10 – Chanah: Anguish and Grace

10 session course on Mondays beginning January 23, 2023 delivered on ZOOM

$295 CDN (Includes hardcopy materials) // Register through the Melton site by clicking here.

For scholarship information, contact Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze noted at the bottom of this listing.

About our Couse Instructor
Patti Cohen is a retired teacher with the Winnipeg School Division. She has a BS (U of Illinois), M.Ed (U of Manitoba) and a MSJS (Master of Science in Jewish Studies) from Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. She is presently continuing her studies as a doctoral student at Spertus.  Patti had been on faculty with the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for several years in Winnipeg. She has taught Rhythms of Jewish Living, Purposes of Jewish Living, Jewish Denominations: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity and most recently, Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah. Patti has also presented at Limmud-Winnipeg and Global Day of Jewish Learning. Patti is presently on faculty with Maple Bear Global Schools as a teacher-trainer. She is married to Arthur Blank and has four grandchildren.

Questions about the event? Reach out to us – we’re here to help!

Dr Rena Secter Elbaze
Director, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Engagement and Education Director, Congregation Shaarey Zedek


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