Malka Schaps

//Malka Schaps

Malka Schaps

Come and Meet the first Orthodox female
appointed by Bar-Ilan University as
Dean of Exact Sciences


Photo-© 21C Israel

Raised in Ohio as Mary Elizabeth Kramer, the daughter of two college professors, Malka spent her first years at Swarthmore College engaged in a personal philosophical search. At the end of her sophomore year, while working at a math camp, she met her roommate and fellow counselor, a Jewish girl who introduced her to the Hebrew alphabet, took her to Friday night services and introduced her to Jewish dietary laws.

By the time she graduated Swarthmore, Mary Elizabeth (now Malka) had converted to Judaism and married David Schaps. The next leg of her journey continued at Harvard University where both husband and wife earned their doctorates, he in the classics and she in mathematics. Malka and David Schaps chose to move to Israel where they began their academic careers in Israeli universities.

Malka has published five novels and two nonfiction works on the Holocaust under the name of Rachel Pomerantz.


In November 2013, Malka Schaps was appointed Dean of Exact Sciences at Bar-Ilan University; she is the first Orthodox Jewish woman to hold such a prestigious position at an internationally recognized university.

The Schaps’ have two children, raised four foster children, and currently are proud grandparents of 12.

Sounds like an interesting life? Sounds like a woman with one life and two worlds?

Join us as Malka Schaps discusses
One Life, Two Worlds
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2:15pm
 Scranton JCC
601 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510

Minimum Donation: $5.00
Event Patron: $18.00
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For further information, to RSVP, or to sponsor this event, please contact
Maggy Bushwick 570-961-0340 or email at

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