Women of the Book was founded in 2007 by social practice artist, Torah Scribe and educator, Shoshana Gugenheim. Shoshana’s vision for Women of the Book was inspired by her experience as a scribe, intimately engaging the Torah text and often wrestling with its contents. 

Artist and essayist Judith Margolis, Associate Curator of Women of the Book, has been representing the project abroad, recruiting and mentoring the artists since its inception. Art historian, theorist, and co curator Dr. Ronit Steinberg, joined us and brings a knowledgeable, critical perspective to the historical development of Jewish art to Women of the Book.

Traditionally, Midrash has been men's written word. This unique, groundbreaking  endeavor reveals how Jewish women artists are interpreting Torah texts using brilliantly crafted visual imagery. Women of the Book has become a valuable tool for placing Jewish women's voices alongside those of men in the canon of Torah Commentary.