Thursday, October 04, 2018

Lecture on women in the Cairo Geniza

ANNUAL GENIZA LECTURE: The World of Women in the Cairo Genizah, 1978-2018
by Dr Melonie Schmierer-Lee
. On Wed, October 17, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST, in the Cambridge University Library.

Our speaker, Renée Levine Melammed, is a Professor of Jewish history at the Schechter Institute, Israel. Her current research focuses on women's lives as reflected in the Cairo Genizah.
For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room, a genizah, and this collection is now one of the treasures of the University Library. Women are conspicuously absent from many historical records, but the Cairo Genizah has preserved hundreds of documents that illuminate women's lives and experiences. For the last 40 years, Genizah scholars have worked to reconstruct the hidden 'World of Women' in Mediterranean Jewish communities. It is time to review this material and the progress made in understanding it.
The lecture is free, but you need to register with eventbrite to attend. And follow either link for the details of the venue.

For many, many past PaleoJudaica posts on the Cairo Geniza, see here, here, here, here, and just keep following those links.

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