Raizi Chechik, Head of School at Manhattan Day School, will present Floating Letters: The Widow Romm and the Printing Press of Vilna on Tuesday May 15th at 8:15pm at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle. The lecture, sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies, is free and open to women and men.
The standard Biblical and Talmudic texts used throughout the world today originated in a 19th century Lithuanian printing company run by a brave and talented young widow. Ms. Chechik will discuss the widow Romm's story and the fascinating evolution and transmission of Jewish texts from the earliest printings in 15th century Italy to the Internet databases of today. Source materials will include facsimilies of manuscripts and early printings.
Ms. Chechik is Head of School at Manhattan Day School. She studied Tanach and Counseling at Michlala Jerusalem Teacher's College, holds an MA in Jewish History, and has done doctoral work in both Education and Jewish Studies. Ms. Chechik is a recipient of numerous professional and academic awards, among them the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.