Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in theCairo Genizah
This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history. We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine selected contents of the Genizah. Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Day: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am Eastern
Runs: April 14 - June 16, 2021
Number of Lessons: 10 via Zoom
Faculty: Dr. Barry Dov Walfish



Steven GartenRabbi Steven Garten was ordained at Hebrew union college Jewish institute of religion. He has served as the educational director of two large reform synagogues and two reform day schools. In 1995 he was invited to serve as rabbi of temple Israel in Ottawa Canada. He retired as rabbi in 2014 and now is the rabbi emeritus during his time in Ottawa he was blessed with unlimited adult Jewish teaching opportunities. His weekly Talmud shiur now is in its 17 year. His weekly Torah study class attracted learners from all denominations. While in Ottawa he has led 14 community and congregational journeys to Eretz Yisrael. He was introduced to the Melton program as a teacher and taught core courses and "graduate" courses for five years. He made his retirement project the reintroduction of "Melton" to the Ottawa Jewish community.

Assistant Director

Sue Potechin is the Soloway JCC Adult Education & Cultural Programs Manager and Melton Administrator

Sponsoring Agency

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21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, ON

Contact Details

+1-613-798-9818 (ext 254) for Sue Potechin
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