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Ms. Cheryl Tempkin

In November 1988 approximately 100 Jewish women, mainly from North America, made a radical decision-- they decided to celebrate Rosh Hodesh Kislev in the Women's Section at the Kotel, the Western Wall. Not only did they invoke the wrath of the ultra-orthodox men davening at the Kotel, they made history. And ever since that historic day they have continued to gather every Rosh Hodesh on the occasion of the New Moon to celebrate. They have been the butt of jeers, of stone-throwing and of arrests, but they have persisted.

Come hear Cheryl speak on the evolution of the Women of the Wall organization including a video recalling that fateful night of October 15, 2012 when Cheryl's friend Anat Hoffman was incarcerated after singing the first two words of Shema Yisrael.

Cheryl holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brandeis University. While pursuing her graduate studies, Cheryl taught Hebrew literature at Brandeis for 5 years. She also completed a post-graduate Careers in Business course at the NYU Stern School of Business and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  During the past 3 summers Cheryl studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and sits on the Executive Board of the Fuchsberg Center in Jerusalem.