Pamela Nadell, PhD, holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University in Washington, DC, where she directs the Jewish Studies Program and is a recipient of American University’s highest faculty award, the Scholar/Teacher of the Year.  She holds a doctorate in History from Ohio State University and is the author, editor, or co-author/co-editor of seven books.  Her book, Women Who Would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, was finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a main selection of the Jewish Book Club.  Prof. Nadell also serves as the current President of the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society of scholars and students of Jewish Studies.

Women's Shabbat

Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9 

Park’s Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group, Neshama, and Sisterhood invite the congregation to attend Women's Shabbat featuring Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Pamela Nadell, speaking on 

The Two Worlds of
 American Jewish Women

Women, if you would like to participate in either service with a Hebrew or English part, contact Adele Sheftel at or (216) 371-2244, ext. 161.

Women’s Shabbat is for the entire congregation—women, men & children.

Living in modern cities at the turn of the century, two groups of Jewish women – "American Jewesses" and their distant cousins from Eastern Europe – lived parallel lives.  Why their worlds diverged and where they met are the themes for our Women’s Shabbat.  


There are three opportunities to hear Dr. Nadell speak. Join us for Friday night Shabbat dinner, Saturday morning Shabbat services, and Saturday afternoon Lunch & Learn. 

Friday, December 8 @ 6:00 pm

Park Synagogue East

Family Service &
Dinner with Dr. Nadell

Dinner: $23/adult member; $25/adult guest;
$10/child 4-10; FREE for 3 & under

Join us for the weekly Family Shabbat Service,
followed by a festive Shabbat dinner. After dinner, Dr. Nadell will speak on “Meet the American Jewesses.”  
In the mid-nineteenth century, tens of thousands of Jews from Germany and elsewhere came to America.  The women of this group invented venerable Jewish women’s organizations that still exist today.  Meet the women who called themselves “American Jewesses” and learn about their lives and the organizations, like Hadassah and Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, that they founded. 

RSVP's for dinner and lunch are closed.

Saturday, December 9

Park Synagogue Main

Shabbat Services

9:00 am / 9:45 am Torah Service

Please join us for Shabbat morning services during which many parts will be led by Park women. During the service, Dr. Nadell will speak on “A New Kind of Jewess: Meet the Early Eastern European Immigrants.”

We will peer into the world of Russian Jewish immigrants fleeing poverty and violent pogroms, coming to America en masse at the end of the nineteenth century.  Speaking Yiddish, immigrant wives, mothers, and daughters made homes in tenement flats in crowded ghettoes, sewed in firetrap factories until their aching fingers bled, and determined that their children would have better lives.


Lunch & Learn

12:30 pm on the Bridge

$16/adult member; $18/adult guest;
$8/child 4-10; FREE for 3 & under

Following services, stay for a special Scholar-in-Residence Lunch & Learn on the Bridge. After a hearty buffet lunch,

Dr. Nadell will lead a discussion on “Two Worlds of America’s Jewish Women Converge.”  Living in New York, and also in cities like Cleveland, two groups of Jewish women, those who proudly called themselves American Jewesses and their distant cousins from Poland and Russia, lived parallel lives. Making homes just miles apart, they inhabited two different worlds.