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Pillars of the Community: The Roles of Medieval Jewish Women

Hosted By: The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

This new class explores the evolving roles of Jewish women, focusing on their contributions within communities in medieval Germany and France. Led by Hebrew University Professor Elisheva Baumgarten, the course utilizes historical evidence to provide insights into the lives of Jewish women during the medieval period. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Jewish community dynamics and the significant roles women played during this era.

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