Homeland / Diaspora

Now, when national identity and the rights and plights it confers make headlines every day, LILITH turns the spotlight on Jewish women’s lives in very different diaspora communities. Here is what remains the same: No matter where we live, the issue of identity is never easy for Jewish women. Many of us struggle to negotiate multiple and sometimes conflicting loyalties—to family, Jewish community, to other women, to the country in which we live. For Jews, our history of moving from one country to the next—whether by choice or by force—can make the construction of a coherent national or cultural identity into a particularly complicated project.

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Homeland / Diaspora

The articles in this special section:

Ellinides Evraies

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Alice Sparberg Alexiou interviews the Jewish women of Salonika, Greece.

Class and Caste: Jewish Women of India

by Sarah Blustain

Sarah Blustain is troubled by a chilling portrait of Baghdadi Jews in India.

Persecution & Belonging Memory & Identity

by Paulette Kershenovich

Paulette Kershenovich listens to newly voluble Latin American Jewish women.

Beyond Borscht and Babushkas

by Rachel Kranson

Rachel Kranson reports on Mexican Jewish brides-to-be and on immigrants to America from the former Soviet Union.