The Power Dynamics of Queen Helene

Date: Mar 17, 2021 - Mar 17, 2021

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Part of the Series: “Jews and Power: From Biblical to Modern Times”

An exploration of the implementation of Jewish power, in the past and in the present. How have Jews rebelled against, accommodated to, and made use of structures of power in varying historical contexts?

The Power Dynamics of Queen Helene

Wednesday, March 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Through an examination of Talmudic sources on the first century Jewish Queen Helene’s patronage of the Jerusalem Temple, we will explore a complex power dynamic with her at the center. We will think together about whether her donations of glorious objects to the Temple signify a desire to assert her own power and status or the need to buy into the rabbinic and priestly patriarchies. What can we learn about power from Helene and the way it affects our relationships in the workplace, in our institutions, and in our homes?

With Dr. Marjorie LehmanAssociate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS.


This session is part of ScholarStream, a program offered in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. ScholarStream gives communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.

Congregations can co-sponsor this series, offering congregants access to all sessions for free. Learn more on the Rabbinical Assembly website.  

Individuals can register at a cost of $25 for all four sessions. 

All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants.