Zohar Weiman-Kelman // "My Fingers Stand Like Ten Numbered Sins": The Challenges of Women's Yiddish Poetry


"My Fingers Stand Like Ten Numbered Sins":
The Challenges of Women's Yiddish Poetry

By turns emotional, spiritual, and erotic, the poems of Yiddish speaking women put Bubbie in a whole new light. Writing poetry allowed Jewish women of the early twentieth century to break free from oppressive realities, challenging the boundaries of their Jewish worlds, and engaging many different aspects of Jewish tradition. In turn, as Zohar Weiman-Kelman shows, these women’s poems connect us across history to them in a uniquely personal and powerful way, challenging our assumptions about the Jewish past.





Zohar Weiman-Kelman earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley, has held prestigious fellowships at the University of Toronto and the University of Haifa, and will take up a new position at Ben Gurion University in January 2016. Her research explores intersections of Jewish history and queer theory, with a completed book manuscript on Jewish women’s poetry in the twentieth century and a new project on Yiddish sexology.


Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 PM
Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Click here to download a printable flyer [pdf].


Part of our year-long series of public programs, Jews Beyond Reason: Celebrating Emotion, the Unconscious, and Other Dimensions of Jews' Inner Lives. In partnership with local host institutions, our aim is to connect fellows and colleagues with non-academic audiences in a spirit of shared exploration and mutual engagement.

Event Location: 

Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, PA

Event Date and Time: 
November 10, 2015 7:30pm