Featuring news, testimonials & items of interest.


“I have just had the occasion to read the newly published book, PIRKEI IMAHOT: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Wisdom. I really enjoyed the layout of this volume and the wonderful cross section of authors. What was especially useful was the insertion of questions and the opportunity for the reader as well to reflect and write. This is a thought  provoking book that is well worth the read. I recommend it highly.”
—Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred  Gottchalk Emeritus Professor, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion

“I have been a rabbi since I was ordained at JTS in 1949. During my years in the rabbinate, I have had many wonderful experiences, but this year I experienced the thrill of a lifetime with the publication of a new book, PIRKEI IMAHOT: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women. This book was written by our Assistant Rabbi, Eve Posen, and a congregant, Lois Shenker, as a result of their one on one study of Pirkei Avot. Together they created a remarkable volume consisting of a splendid interpretation of selections from Pirkei Avot, an extensive selection of inspiring quotations from contemporary Jewish women, penetrating questions to arouse thought and discussion, and most important of all, blank pages to record the reader’s thoughts. I enjoyed this wonderul book so much that as soon as I finished reading it, I read it a second time and enjoyed it even more. I suggest you do the same. You will be glad you did.”
—Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, Oregon

“To be clear, I wrote the Foreword to this book, so my opinion may be biased, but I wrote it because I love the book. PIRKEI IMAHOT brings women into the center of the discussion of Jewish text, gives women a chance to comment on that text and to share the words of wisdom which they have lived by, AND to create their own wise words for themselves, those they might assemble to talk about women and their views of the world, and those they might choose to share with their daughters.”
—Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador, American Jewish World Service

Amplifying the ‘Voices of Women’

Rabbi Eve Posen and Lois Sussman Shenker, both local authors and Southwest Portland Jewish community members, talk about their book ‘Pirkei Imahot.’

Two Portland authors share Jewish women’s wisdom

Pirkei Imahot, by Lois Sussman Shenker and Assistant Rabbi Eve Posen, is an update on an ancient Jewish text.


Your tax deductible gift to The Pirkei Imahot Fund will be used for education and community outreach for Pirkei Imahot, a project of Rabbi Eve Posen and Lois Shenker. A portion of the net proceeds will go towards furthering opportunities for learning and youth programming at Congregation Neveh Shalom.