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Is it quite common at most Orthodox shuls for there to be a women's shiur presented by a female? What topics would generally be discussed?

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Yes. [15chars]. –  Seth J Jan 24 '13 at 15:46

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It's hard to say what's true of "most" Orthodox synagogues, but certainly most I've been in have classes for women presented by women, yes. Topics have included Scripture (parashas hashavua or Nach), hashkafa (Weltanschauung), halacha (often related to the time of year), and others: basically most of the non-textual topics covered by men (who speak for men or for women or for mixed crowds). Occasionally they have been based on texts (usually excerpts photostatted and distributed) and covered halacha or similar topics more analytically, especially in more 'modern' synagogues.

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Not explicitly part of the question, but it might be worth noting that many Orthodox synagogues also offer mixed classes. I suspect that some even have no de jure expectations on the gender makeup of any of their classes. –  Isaac Moses Jan 24 '13 at 19:01
    
@IsaacMoses I mentioned that first point in my answer. –  msh210 Jan 24 '13 at 19:03

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