Meryll Levine Page is the older sister if you haven’t already guessed.
Meryll attended Columbus School for Girls and then, to balance the scales, entered Yale with the first class of women. Second year college found Meryll in Jerusalem at Hebrew University and she graduated from the University of Minnesota the following year. Her first attempt at a Masters Degree in Arabic was terminated by a Department of Defense funding cut. Arabic didn’t qualify as a critical language. After teaching fifteen years, Meryll earned her Masters degree from the College of St. Thomas (now University) in Education.
Meryll retired from teaching and has entered the age of “yes, I can do that!” Her activities now include teaching a weekly class in Jewish History in the Florence Melton School of Adult Learning, co-facilitating the Minneapolis Jewish Artists’ Lab, and teaching a leadership course as part of the Harry Kay Leadership Program. This fall Meryll is consulting for the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School as they reconsider their Judaic and Hebrew program. She is also a consultant on selected projects for the Minnesota Humanities Center. Volunteer activities including board positions at Hineni (adult Jewish education) and the St. Louis Park Magazine along with co-chairing the Arts Affinity Committee for the Twin Cities Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Meryll has written a compendium of 54 recipes, each linked to the weekly Torah portion accompanied by Torah talk and a series of open ended questions for all ages. The website, www.tastingtorah.com will launch at the end of October. Meryll has already begun conducting workshops based on Tasting Torah. Contact her for more information on workshops or discussions. A third book, a novel, is now in progress.
For thirty-nine years Meryll was privileged to teach. Even the hard days were good days and as soon as she opened the door to her classroom, Meryll was energized. Most recently she taught International Baccalaureate History and US History at St. Louis Park Senior High. Many of her special interests converged in researching this book: Russian History, Jewish History,women’s history, and travel. During her career, she also taught Torah, Hebrew language, and English in supplementary Jewish schools, day schools, private schools, and two Minnesota school districts.
Meryll is married to Christopher Page and has four children: Dan and Alissa, Michael, and Dafna; two grandchildren—Zach and Georgia who are part of the retirement activity package. Cliocatra occasionally meows as Leslie and Meryll work. Everyone in the family wants to contribute.