Rabbi Morris in conversation with Laura Arnold Leibman

19 May

6pm, free for members (£5 for non-members)

Join Rabbi Morris in conversation with Laura Arnold Leibman talking about “Giving Sephardic Women a Voice”.

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995.

In her new book, The Art of the Jewish Family, Dr Leibman, of Reed University, Oregon, examines five objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850. Four of the women were members of early Sephardic congregations, and two lived part of their lives in London. Each chapter creates a biography of a single woman through an object in order to further understand early Jewish women’s lives and restore their agency as creators of Jewish identity. While much of the available history was written by men, the objects that Leibman studies were made for and by Jewish women. The Art of the Jewish Family sheds new light on the lives and values of these women, while also revealing the reasons Jewish women were erased from historical archives

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