Final Friday Cultural Series—June 28, 2013

5:45 PM Dinner hosted by Ernie Grossman and Margaret Lewicki

7:00 PM Brief Shabbat Service

RSVP for dinner to Sheila at 530-546-0895, ext. 3 at least 1 week prior


Award-Winning Author 

Maggie Anton 

Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of historical fiction series “Rashi’s Daughters” and “Rav Hisda’s Daughter.” She is a Talmud scholar, with expertise in Jewish women’s history.

Raised in a secular, socialist household, Anton (born Margaret Antonofsky)reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jew-ish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance.

In the early 1990’s, Anton learned about a women’s Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a Rabbi and professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Nearly every Wednesday for five years, she and about six other women met around Rachel’s dining room table to study the Steinsaltz Hebrew edition of Tractate Berachot. Teachers, tractates, locations and students changed, but Wednesday remained Talmud night for serious Jewish women scholars.

For more information about Maggie Anton and her books, visit