Italy’s Torah Day limited to men

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | by

Yom HaTorah in Italy, a day devoted to group study of the Torah in 13 Jewish communities across the country, excluded women, critics complained.

The May 20 Torah Day, promoted as a milestone in Jewish learning in Italy, included lectures, discussions, study sessions led by rabbis and teachers, and post-study parties. It was organized by the education department of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.

Italian Jewish scholar Laura Mincer called the day “a splendid initiative” on the Union of Jewish Communities news site. But, she noted, “in the 13 cities involved, the only woman who figures is someone assigned to take reservations for lunch.” — jta