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Lost Women of the Bible Course



A new course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation taught by Rabbi Beverly W. Magidson will introduce the women of the Bible who are mentioned only fleetingly and then vanish from sight.

“Lost Women of the Bible” will be offered four Monday evenings beginning January 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.

The Bible teaches all about the Matriarchs, Miriam, Deborah and Esther.  But there are many women who are cited briefly, sometimes with no name given, and then are lost to us. Who are these women, and what does the midrash (rabbinic lore) say about them?  In this course, Rabbi Magidson will talk about Peninah, Avigayel, Samson’s mother, Avishag the Shunamite and Huldah the Prophetess, and maybe even some others.  

Rabbi Magidson is director of chaplaincy services for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York and religious coordinator at Daughters of Sarah Senior Community. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) New York and was one of the first women admitted to the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly.

Registration for this course is required, and students are requested to bring a Bible if possible.  Cost for the four sessions is $25; for B’nai Sholom members, it is just $18.

For more information or to register for this course, contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or e-mail

Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region, creating a vibrant Jewish present that links ancient traditions with the promise of the future.  Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.  For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit  or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or

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