Jewish Theological Seminary scholar visiting St. Louis

Dr. Marjorie Lehman

Marjorie Lehman, associate professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will visit St. Louis Nov. 22-24, and speak at events at Kol Rinah and Congregation B’nai Amoona. 

On Friday, Nov. 22, she will speak at 6 p.m. at Kol Rinah, 829 N. Hanley Road. There will be a vegetarian Shabbat dinner at 7 p.m. $18 adults, $9 ages 11 and under; reservation is required. 

On Saturday morning at Kol Rinah, Lehman will deliver a talk titled, “You Never Call, You Never Write!’: Breaking the Negative Stereotypes of Jewish Motherhood” and lead a post-kiddush learning session, “What the Rabbis Have to Say in Response to the #MeToo Movement”

She will also deliver the talk on Jewish motherhood on Nov. 24 at 10:15 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road. 

Lehman’s research in the field of Talmud and rabbinics centers on four areas: Talmudic Aggadah, through a study of the 16th-century Ottoman collection of aggadic material, the En Yaaqov; Jewish gender studies, through an examination of Tractate Yoma using the lens of gender and a study of depictions of mothers in Jewish culture; the history of the Hebrew book as the co-director of a digital humanities project, Footprints; and the scholarship of teaching, through a focused study of how students learn to read and critically analyze rabbinic texts.

Lehman was a fellow at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in the spring of 2014, and in the summer of 2015 was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, a fellowship cosponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University. At the Katz Center, she was part of a cohort of scholars who, like her, are working on feminist commentaries on the Babylonian Talmud. She now serves on the advisory board of the Center of Jewish History.

For the Kol Rinah Friday night dinner, RSVP by November 18 to KolRinahStl.org or contact Nancy Greene at nancy@kolrinahstl.org or 314-727-1747.

For more information on the session at B’nai Amoona, contact Amy Maupin at amy@bnaiamoona.com or 314-576-9990 x131.