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Beit Midrash with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses (April)

 Registration for Beit Midrash is required once per month. Zoom links and registration forms will be refreshed on the 1st of each month. 

Lifelong Learning at Romemu: The Well
A Gateway Class

Beit Midrash | The Matriarchy and the Mystery
with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses

April 2021 Registration

Beit Midrash (meaning House of Seeking) 

Our foremothers Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel and Miriam are multi-layered, mysterious women who love, lead, spy, and even lie in their bid to create a people with a destiny. The Torah reveals much about who these women are and at the same time conceals much.

In this course, we will uncover multiple levels of the text and look to what is beyond it. Using classical and contemporary midrash and poetry, Ancient Near Eastern history and anthropology, and our own intuition, emotions and imaginations-- our entire interpretive selves---  we will reconstruct robust models of our matriarchs. Join us for close readings of text, small group discussions, writing, and contemplation as we plumb the depths of the Israelite matriarchy. 

Fees for this class will be:
$36 per month for General Public | $18 per month for Members

**No one will ever be turned away from any Romemu class or event for financial reasons.  To request scholarship funds, email before filling out this form.**

This class will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30pm Eastern Time. 
Some Tuesdays may be off due to holidays.  The following is a full schedule of class dates.

Mar: 2, 9, 16, 23
Apr: 6, 13, 20, 27 
May 4, 11
June: 1, 8

*NEW!  An additional optional session on Thursday from 12 - 1 PM EDT will be available for those who would like to spend time writing and reading feminist approaches and midrash.

**Monthly registration required.  May and June will be combined into a single registration.**

All classes will meet via Zoom. Zoom link provided upon registration.

Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses
Associate Rabbi & Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Dianne loves serving the Romemu community! She was the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to be ordained as a Rabbi. She graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1995, where she was awarded several fellowships and a prize for academic excellence. Before coming to Romemu, she served as Co-director of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship,  Scholar in Residence at UJA Federation, and Senior Educator at The Curriculum Initiative.   In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. She writes and speaks regularly about Torah, Jewish ethnicity and disabilities. She grew up in Brooklyn and was recently inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Larry, an investigative journalist, have three children and live on the Upper West Side of New York City, a stone’s throw from Romemu! 

Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyyar 5781