Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Sarit Kattan Gribetz, assistant professor of historical theology at Fordham University, will be speaking on “A Matter of Time: The Roman Calendar in Rabbinic Sources.” This lecture, part of the continuing series presented by WIJS (Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies) will be presented on Tuesday evening, January 12, 7:45 p.m. at the Young Israel of New Rochelle (1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y.).

Dr. Gribetz received her Ph.D. in Religion and Jewish Studies from Princeton University. She spent a year studying Talmud and archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a hot and exciting summer digging at Sepphoris in the Galilee, and three summers studying Arabic at Middlebury where she met her husband. Teaching experience includes positions at the University of Toronto, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Andover Newton Theological School.

Currently an assistant professor of classical Judaism at Fordham, Dr. Gribetz’ areas of research are extensive: rabbinic literature, ancient calendars, Jews in the Greco-Roman world, gender and motherhood, and Jewish-Christian relations and polemics in antiquity and the medieval period. Her first book, “Time and Difference in Rabbinic Literature,” examines the ways in which time was conceptualized and used in rabbinic sources.

On another note, WIJS continues to expand programming with an evening presentation of three lectures on “Sheva haNeviot–the Seven Female Prophets,” to be presented by YINR’s own enthusiastic and knowledgeable Nomi Smilchensky, director of classroom pedagogy at Ben Porat Yosef. This extremely interesting series, requested by many who were unable to attend all of her morning lectures, is being re-programmed for three Wednesday evenings (January 6, January 13 and February 3), 8 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Young Israel of New Rochelle.

WIJS extends a warm welcome to the Westchester (and beyond) communities to join in this multifaceted venture of advancing Jewish scholarship in our area. Now in its second year, under the leadership of Mrs. Yvette Finkelstein, the program features speakers from both the United States and Israel in a series of monthly lectures held at the Young Israel of New Rochelle. Men and women are welcome to all presentations, free of charge. For further information, or to be added to the mailing list, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view the WIJS complete schedule of programs, please go to

By Ellin Heilman

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