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Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) at YINR is a monthly lecture series presented by female scholars on varied Jewish topics.  These scholars can be local, national or international academics and/or educators.

All lectures are on Zoom only, free of charge and open to both women and men.

For further information or to be added to the WIJS email list, please email or call 914-636-2215

WIJS Schedule 2023-2024

Wednesday, September 20 @8:15pm – Dr. Magda Teter
Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies, Fordham University President of the American Academy of Jewish Research
“Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism”

Wednesday, October 18 @8:15pm – Dr. Deena Grant
Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace
“The Name of God and the Burning Bush”

Sunday, November 19 @10:00am – Dr. Jessica Marglin
Professor of Religion, Law, and History, and the Ruth Ziegler Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California
“The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship Across the Modern Mediterranean”

Tuesday, December 5 @8:15pm – Abigail Meyer
Researcher of Judaica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Tuesday, January 9 @8:15pm – Dr. Ruth Langer
Professor of Jewish Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Theology Department Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College
“Cursing the Christians?: The Story of the Birkat HaMinim”

Wednesday, February 7 @8:15pm – Dr. Sarah Wolf
Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
“Between Her and Others: Jealousy and Gender in Ancient Jewish Law”

Wednesday, March 6 @8:15 pm – Dr. Shaina Trapedo
Assistant Professor of English at Stern College, Yeshiva University and Resident Scholar at the Straus Centerfield Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University
“The Bard and the Hebrew Bible”

Tuesday, May 7 @8:15pm – Dr. Nora Rubel
Jane and Alan Batkin Professor in Jewish Studies, Associate Professor of Religion and Classics
Chair, Department of Religion and Classics
University of Rochester
“A ‘Jewish’ Joy of Cooking? How a Twentieth Century Cookbook Containing Frog’s Legs, Snails, and Ham Became a Beloved Jewish Icon”


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