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Wise Women (Spring 2021)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 thru Tuesday, June 29, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
See session list below for specific session times and locations.
Topics: Social Justice

There are so many wise Jewish women in the Bay Area. These women are educators, artists, mothers, activists, writers, lawyers, leaders, rabbis, and social workers. They build communities, create beauty, advocate for change, inspire with ritual, protect and heal. They have so much to teach our community about strength, spirituality, resilience, and creativity. At HaMaqom, we want to learn their Torah.

Over four sessions, participants in Wise Women will learn from inspiring women educators of the Bay Area. Each session will focus on the educator’s favorite Jewish and other sources and how these connect to their vision, passion, and work in the Jewish community. This course will feature educators from across our community. No prior knowledge or experience with Jewish texts required.

Join us.


June 8th – Judy Kunofsky

Judy Kunofsky, who lives in El Cerrito, has a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C.L.A. and moved to the S.F. Bay Area to teach for two years at U.C. Berkeley. Her next career was as an environmentalist, working for 25 years for the Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance, and Yosemite Restoration Trust… more

June 15th – Rabbi Tsipi Gabbai

Rabbi Tsipi Gabai is the first female rabbi on record who is of Moroccan descent and is currently only one of four female Mizrahi – Sephardic rabbis worldwide. She is deeply versed in both Mizrahi and Sephardic sacred ancient song cycles (Piyut), prayers, and Torah trope and incorporates her knowledge and love for piyutum in the classroom, during prayer, and in workshops throughout the Bay Area.

June 22nd – Yedida Kanfer

YedidaKanfer teaches about the Jewish past in order to enlighten the Jewish present.  In exploring Jewish history and the Holocaust with teens, undergraduates, and adults, Yedida encourages critical thinking about the world today: what are our responsibilities to each other, and to our larger society?  Yedida manages the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, and she loves to use primary sources in her teaching… more


June 29th – Hadara Kohn

Hadara Graubart Kohn is an early childhood educator with a commitment to helping Jewish families navigate the crucial years when their children are very young. She won a Diller Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2012… more


Co-presented by Congregation Netivot Shalom, PJ Library, and Klez California

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All sessions

  • Tuesday, 06/08/2021 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Tuesday, 06/15/2021 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Tuesday, 06/22/2021 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Tuesday, 06/29/2021 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm


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