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Sunday, November 10 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lost Letters, Found Voices: Hidden Stories of Medieval Jewish Women as Discovered in the Cairo Geniza

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The greatest discovery in the history of Jewish studies has been the magnificent treasure trove of medieval documents found in what’s known as the Cairo Geniza. There are hundreds of thousands of primary sources which were lost to history for a thousand years, thrown away as trash; but through improbable circumstances including twin sisters, daring rescues, arid weather, and scholarly chutzpah, they were discovered and rescued in modern times. These hand-written documents - letters, contracts, poems, scholarship and more - reveal a hidden world never before seen. They give direct voice to those, such as women, whose voices would otherwise have been lost to history. In this workshop, we will trace the unusual circumstances of the geniza’s discovery, analyze fascinating primary sources from women, and discuss the implications of having this transformative trove now in our hands.

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Judith Shapero

Judith Shapero, Educational Consultant at the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute, has directed numerous initiatives in the field of innovative Jewish education and leadership. She is a senior educational leader, having been Principal, Vice Principal, Curriculum Developer... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST