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Lilith Magazine

Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist since 1976, Lilith’s mission is to be the feminist change-agent in and for the Jewish community: amplifying Jewish feminist voices, creating an inclusive and positive Judaism, spurring gender consciousness in the Jewish world and empowering women, girls and trans and nonbinary people of every background to envision and enact change in their own lives and the larger community.

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What’s inside:
Bold reporting and memoir, original fiction and poetry, and a lively take on tradition, celebrations and social change.

About our name:
According to legend, Lilith was the first woman, created even before Eve. She told Adam, “We are equal because we are created from the same earth.” For more, check out “The Lilith Question” from our premier issue and this source sheet of biblical and rabbinic references to Lilith.

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Please do!

Who writes for Lilith?
Writers have included established names like Joy Ladin, Abby Stein, Yavilah McCoy, Ruth Messinger, Bess Kalb, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Esther Perel, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Nessa Rapoport, Edith Pearlman, Linda Pastan, Blu Greenberg, Danya Ruttenberg, Allegra Goodman, Dara Horn, Myla Goldberg and more. Plus, Lilith brings you emerging writers, powerful strong new talent you’ll want to watch.

Who reads Lilith?
People who are interested in: Jewish hair, workplace fairness, queer identity, racial justice, gay marriage, fashion, new liturgies, family politics, feminist philanthropy, gender justice, women’s Holocaust experience, Israel, sex, circumcision, and lots of other things too.


Editor in Chief

Susan Weidman Schneider, one of Lilith’s founding mothers, has been editor in chief since the magazine launched. Her writing about Jewish women’s philanthropy, the Jewish stake in abortion rights, the persistence of gender stereotyping and more have been credited with moving the needle on feminist change in the Jewish world.. She’s the author of Jewish and Female and Intermarriage, and co-author of Head and Heart, a book about money in the lives of women.

Fiction Editor

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the award-winning author of the seven novels and twenty-six books for children. She is also the editor of two essay collections, and her short fiction, essays and articles have appeared in numerous national and literary magazines.  Visit her at www.yonazeldismcdonough.com or www.facebook.com/yzmcdonough


Joan Roth has had her work featured in publications throughout the world and exhibited in major galleries everywhere. Author of Jewish Women: A World of Tradition and Change, as well as the first book with photographs of New York’s unhoused women.

Executive Editor 

Sarah Seltzer manages Lilith’s digital presence and writes and edits for the magazine; her position is generously supported by The Malka Fund. The former editor of Kveller and Deputy Editor of Flavorwire, she is a widely published journalist, essayist, and book critic. She also writes fiction.

Communications, Events & Strategic Partnerships

Rebecca Katz is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist, creative facilitator, and educator. You can see her comics and illustrations on instagram (@katzcomics) and published in Lilith magazine.

Editorial Assistant

Arielle Silver-Willner is Lilith’s Editorial Assistant (and a former Lilith intern), as well as a frequent contributor to the Lilith blog and magazine. She also works part-time, very creatively, in childcare.

Poetry Editor

Poet and critic Alicia Ostriker has published 17 volumes of poetry. Her latest collection, The Volcano and After: Selected and New Poems, 2002-2019, came out in 2020. She has been called “America’s most fiercely honest poet,” and was one of the first poets in America to publish poems on motherhood.

Book Review Editor

Ilana Kurshan is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink, a memoir of Talmud study published by St. Martin’s Press. She works as a translator and editor in Jerusalem. ilana@lilith.org

Art Director

Lindsay Barnett has a degree in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she has worked as a designer for a variety of clients ranging from Coach, to the JDC, to the theater company Naked Angels.

Managing Editor Emerita

Naomi Danis, who retired from Lilith in 2020 after 32 years to devote herself to writing children’s books, compiled Lilith’s resource pages, originated the annual roundup of feminist books for young readers, translated work from Hebrew to English in Lilith and elsewhere. Her acclaimed children’s books include I Hate Everyone, While Grandpa Naps and My Best Friend, Sometimes. Click here for her whole-wheat chocolate-chip cookie recipe, a favorite food in the Lilith office.

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Contributing Editors

Alice Sparberg Alexiou, Sarah Blustain, Nina Beth Cardin, Elaine S. Cohen, Naomi Danis, Sue Levi Elwell, Reena Sigman Friedman, Blu Greenberg, Judith Hauptman, Sonia Isard, Francine Klagsbrun, Rachel Kranson, Harriet Lerner, Anne Lapidus Lerner, Audrey Friedman Marcus, Alana Newhouse, Shana Penn, Judith Plaskow, Nessa Rapoport, Danya Ruttenberg, Sandy E. Sasso, Susan Schnur, Amy Stone, Melanie Weiss.


Frances Brandt

Eve Coulson

Barbara B. Dobkin

Charlotte Friedman

Heidi Gralla

Yvette Gralla

Michal Hart Hillman

Natalie Pelavin

Moji Pourmoradi

Marci Rosenberg

Susan Weidman Schneider

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