Fall 2020

1 Session

Panel on Visionary Leadership

Tuesday 6:30pm

October 13, 2020

Please join us for a special, virtual event:


6:30 – 8:00 PM

Be inspired by women who persevered, overcame obstacles and succeeded.

Join special guests:
Flo Eckstein
Carol Kern
Janis Lipman
Dr. Lois J. Zachary

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Sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute and
Brandeis National Committee – Phoenix Chapter

Enroll - Free

Semester Courses

A. New Class: Jewish Poetry and Women’s Voices

Wednesdays at 10:00am

Oct. 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec. 2, 9 Make Up Dec. 16

Taught by Rabbi Emily Langowitz

Poetry allows us to look with new eyes at the world around us. In this course, the poems of Jewish women will serve as our guide in reading anew the texts of our tradition, our society, and our day to day lives. Anyone can read, love, and learn from a poem–no background in poetry required!

$250.00Enroll - $250

B. Tuesday Morning Talmud

Tuesdays at 9:00am

Sept. 15 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8 Make Up Dec. 15 if needed

The Talmud teaches us how to argue from different points of view, how to consider multiple angles on any subject, and how to express values through legal language.  We will be finishing a five year journey of studying 67 Sugyot Every Jew Should Know.

$250.00Enroll - $250

C. Joan’s Class: Vaquita by Edith Pearlman and America and I, ed. Joyce Antler.

Mondays at 10:00am

Sept. 14 Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30 Dec. 7 Make Up Dec. 14 if needed

Joan’s Class:  The Short Stories of Edith Pearlman and other American Jewish Women Writers.

We will complete Pearlman’s Vaquita, and continue on to Joyce Antler’s anthology, America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers.

Vaquita by Edith Pearlman

Sept. 14: To Reach This Season

Oct. 5: The Non-Combatant

Oct. 12: Settlers.

Oct. 19: Stranger in the House.

Oct. 26: Felix’s Business.

Nov. 2:  Inbound.

Nov. 9:  Afternoons.

America and I, edited by Joyce Antler

Nov. 16:  Introduction, Malinke’s Atonement, by Mary Antin.

Nov. 30:  The Girl Who Went Right, by Edna Ferber.

Dec. 7:  American and I, by Anzia Yeszierska.


$250.00Enroll - $250

D. Women’s Leadership Alumni Institute

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm, Occasional Sundays. Sept. 6, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. TBA, Feb. 21, Mar. 23, Apr. TBA, May 11

Learning and working in small cross-cohort groups, to strengthen the WLI and the Jewish Community for the post-pandemic world.

Sunday, Sept. 6, 1:00-4:00pm  Opening Retreat:  Creating a Culture of Belonging.  Faciliators: Rabbi Kanter and Kerri Robbins.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8:00pm  Panel on Visionary Leadership; Co-Sponsored with Brandeis National Committee. Facilitator:  Ellen Widoff.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30-8:00pm  Leadership and the Hero’s Journey.  Facilitator:  Kerri Robbins.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00pm  Adaptive Leadership.  Facilitator:  Rabbi Kanter.

January TBA, Panel on Crisis and Leadership.  Faciliator Karolyn Benger.

Sunday Feb. 21, 9:00am-1:30pm Limmud AZ

Tuesday, Mar. 23, 6:30-8:00pm  Topic: TBA.  Facilitator:  Laura Drachler.

Tuesday, April TBA,  Panel on Creative Leadership in the Arts World.  Facilitator:  Nikki DeLeon.

Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-8:00pm Small Group Presentations; Closing Celebration.  Facilitator:  Rabbi Kanter.


Enroll - Free