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Exploring the Matriarchs: Rachel, Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

In this 3-session series with My Jewish Learning, gain a better understanding of the biblical foremothers. Rabbi Lauren Tuchman dives into the narratives of Genesis to examine character, motivation, and circumstance. In addition to the more familiar Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, you’ll learn about the lesser-known mothers, Bilhah and Zilpah.

In Class 3, Rabbi Tuchman taught about Rachel, Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah. Watch the recording of this session here:


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Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

Rabbi Tuchman is a sought after speaker, spiritual leader and educator. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018, she has taught at numerous synagogues and other Jewish venues throughout North America and was named to the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative leadership concerning inclusion of Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life. In 2017, she delivered an ELI Talk entitled We All Were At Sinai: The Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah. She has trained and continues to teach with Rabbi David Jaffe and the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project, which provides a space for Jewish spiritual and contemplative practice for social justice activists. She is a participant of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program. She serves on the board of JOIN for Justice, which trains Jews in community organizing for social change. In 2020, she was honored by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA).
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