Join us for a 5-session series as we use Jewish text and tradition as guides to explore contemporary issues facing women around the world. Although our ancient texts were written centuries ago, what insight, guidance, and perspective can they offer on topics such as divorce, sexuality, and infertility? The classes will be opportunities to learn together, but also will foster interactive discussion where each participant brings her own identity and perspective to the conversation.
This class is for women, or anyone who identifies as a woman. We encourage you to come for all 5 sessions to get the full experience, but individual class passes are also available. Sweet treats and refreshments will be served.
Classes are facilitated by Chaya Gilboa, Leichtag Foundation’s Director of Jewish Engagement. Chaya is responsible for Jewish integration and education across all entities at Leichtag Commons with an emphasis on: The Hive at Leichtag Commons, Coastal Roots Farm and the Leichtag Foundation.
Chaya was born in Jerusalem to an ultra-Orthodox family. Her B.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Ben Gurion University (2008) was followed by a stint as a Hillel International Israel Fellow at Berkeley University and an M.A. in Public Policy from Hebrew University (2013), where she wrote her thesis on Haredi women, religion and state. In 2012, she was scholar-in-residence at the Paideia Institute in Sweden, where she taught Talmud and established an educators’ track.
In 2014, Chaya became Founding Director of Hevruta, a pluralistic, integrated gap-year program for Israeli and North American post-high school students at the Hartman Institute. Chaya is committed to creating alternatives within the realm of religion and state, establishing Hashgacha Pratit, an alternative kashrut system and active in crafting egalitarian wedding ceremonies and other initiatives that combine feminism and Jewish identity. Chaya is the mother of Michael and Avshalom and partner to Marek.