Themes from Previous Years
- Study for 5774 was titled Exploring the Shalosh R'galim - Sukkot, Pesach, Shavuot. Our sessions focused on each festival examining related Torah verses and supplementary texts, and exploring how rituals associated with each holiday have changed over time and might continue to change.
- During 2012-2013 our study was entitled Jewish Women Breaking Barriers. We explored the accomplishments of Jewish women who were pioneers in their fields and consequently influenced American and international culture through their efforts. The fields of study included the media, politics, science and academia, business, the arts, the women of Israel, the clergy, social activism, educational reform, and psychology.
- In 2011-2012 Women of the Holocaust was the topic of our study. We explored the experiences of women during the Holocaust through literature, poetry, artwork, film, survivor stories, and the acts of Righteous Gentiles. More information about the story and art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz is a follow up to our Smithsonian tour of 12/11/2011). It includes information about the book, film and short video. The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook is the collection of recipes and biographical notes of the women who contributed these treasures. The Recipes are now available to download
- During our 2010-2011 sessions we studied Biblical women's midrashim.
- From September 2009 through May 2010, Kol Isha returned to direct exploration of Torah text. The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ/Women of Reform Judaism, 2008) served as the foundation for participant-led sessions. The focus was on women's voices and the role of gender in Jewish tradition and contemporary life. Learn more about last year's study of Genesis.
- In 2007-08 and 2008-09, Kol Isha explored post-Biblical Jewish women's contributions to society and to Judaism: Talmud, prayerbook, comparative theologies, contemporary literature, music, visual arts, social justice and health care; in conjunction with February 2009's building dedication, Kol Isha worked with Liz Lerman to explore dedication through movement.
- The focus of study in 2006-2007 was God. In 2005-2006 it was Psalms, and in 2004-2005 it was Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah. In previous years Kol Isha has explored the laws of spiritual purity and the mikvah, studied the Matriarchs and Life Cycle events, and worked with Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange on movement and spirituality.
by David Diskin — last modified 07-14-2014 03:44 PM