In this issue: Sarah Blustain explores how the feminist agenda fares when jobs are scarce and profiles Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz with her visionary health insurance plan. Four women’s powerful friendships–beloved or toxic. Poet Yael Flusberg on her mother’s suicide and her staggeringly tragic childhood. Mikveh for a second marriage.
Four high-octane dyads, each wildly different: one elegiac, one celebratory, one bitter, one grateful. Marcia Falk, Alice Sparberg Alexiou, Florence Howe, and Rabbi Naamah Kelman and Nessa Rapoport talk about tight bonds.
by Ellen Azorin
After a century of silence, a family that specialized in forgetting finds its secret revealed in a yellowed 1909 Yiddish newspaper.
fiction by Phyllis Carol Agins
by Sarah Blustain
In a special section on Jewish women and how we work now, meet Sara Horowitz and her visionary safety net for the new economy. How do feminist agenda items like equal pay, equal status and flex-time fare when jobs are scarce? And Amy Stone on the job crunch for women rabbis.
Yael Flusberg interviewed by Susan Schnur
Sifted through her staggeringly tragic childhood, Flusberg’s poems, including the three offered here, become a monument to healing and strength.
by Jordana Horn
This time, she tries the mikveh. Why?
Ellen Feldman on "True Confections"
Abigail Pickus on "Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist China"
Ronit Y. Stahl on "Edna Ferber's Hollywood: American Fictions of Gender, Race, and History"
Hannah Pressman on "Eden" and "Every House Needs a Balcony"
Mara Friedman on "The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook"
Danica Davidson on "Batwoman Elegy" and "Make Me a Woman"
Myra Sklarew on "Heidegger's Glasses"
Wendy Wisner on "The Book of Seventy" and "Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010," and "These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam"
Rachel Furst on "The Prophet's Wife"
Yona Zeldis McDonough on "Rings in a Tree"
Happeningcompiled by Naomi Danis