Dr. Shana Strauch Schick, a post-doctoral fellow at The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa University, will present Some Room of Their Own: Women's Sections from the Temple to Suburbia on Monday July 2, 2018 at 8:45 PM 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.
Mechizot and women's sections are among the defining features of orthodox shuls in our time, but have been a topic of rabbinical debate for centuries. Beginning with a Talmudic sugyah which speaks to the creation of a separate women's space only during the frivolity-filled water libation ceremony (simchat beit hasho'eiva) celebrations on Succot, the idea of creating a defined space for women to daven erupted into a burning controversy in 19th century Poland over the permissibility of taking away space from men to daven. Dr. Schick will discuss shul archaeology from ancient synagogues to medieval and early modern European shuls, and unwrap some of the key issues, ending with an exploration of how the evolution of ideas around women's spaces informs our thinking today.
In addition to her position at the Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah, Dr. Schick teaches halacha and gemara at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim and teaches in the Drisha Kollel. Dr. Schick received a PhD in Talmud and MA in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University. While pursuing her doctorate, she completed the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud at Stern College.