Fifty people attended the inaugural lecture at a refurbished Jewish library in Leeds.
The Blema Lorie Library has been rehoused in north Leeds' Lubavitch Centre.
It is dedicated to the memory of the mother of the current Leeds Jewish Representative Council president, Hilton Lorie. Blema Lorie was noted for her voluntary work for Jewish organisations.
Sunday's lecture was delivered by UCL lecturer Dr Naftali Loewenthal and focused on the role of women in European Jewry from the 16th to 20th centuries.