Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of historical fiction
series "Rashi's Daughters" and "Rav Hisda's Daughter."
She is a Talmud scholar, with expertise in Jewish women's history.
Anton speaks to Jewish organizations all over the country about
the research behind her novels. She is happy to join book groups
by speakerphone or Skype, as well as do scholar-in-residence weekends,
Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California.
Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood
with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed
when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her
life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the
start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement,
and ritual observance. Anton also worked full-time as a clinical
chemist in Kaiser Permanente's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory
for over 30 years.
In the early 1990's, Anton learned about a women's Talmud class
taught by Rachel Adler, now a Rabbi and professor at Hebrew Union
College in Los Angeles. Nearly every Wednesday for five years,
she and about six other women met around Rachel's dining room
table to study the Steinsaltz Hebrew edition of Tractate Berachot.
Teachers, tractates, locations and students changed, but Wednesday
remained Talmud night for serious Jewish women scholars.
Now Anton continues her learning individually and with
You can contact Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org