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Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the Cairo Genizah with Rabbi Ben Kramer

January 18 2022, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

NSS Beth El is proud to partner with Moriah Congregation to offer this course from the Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning.  Enjoy a front-row seat to the drama, gossip, legal transactions, and other daily intrigues of Jewish life in the Middle Ages. This 10-session course brings to life an exotic era in Jewish history, reveling the inner thoughts of real-life characters through the Cairo Genizah, a collection of 400,000 worn-out scraps, text fragments, and documents buried for centuries. Interpreting textual evidence yields new insights into the daily interactions and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean more than 1,000 years ago – and at root, how similar they are to our own family dynamics, business ventures and communal concerns today. Join us for a historical journey of intrigue and adventure! Cost: $179 for the class; $100 rebate available to NSS Beth El members.

Register for all Melton classes here.    Questions?  Contact Marice Eskin at meskin@nssbethel.org or call 847-926-7903.


January 18 2022
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
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Highland Park, IL 60035 United States
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