“Event” Rediscovers Sarah

With a one-day “Sarah Event” in October, the Jewish Women’s Resource Center has embarked on what planners hope will be a journey toward rediscovery and appreciation of the Jewish matriarch.

The resource center, a project of the National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section, organized an art exhibit and a program of discussion and performance on the theme of the “Sarah tradition.”

The program featured a talk by Savina Teubal, author of Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis (Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1984). Teubal explained that the “Sarah tradition” represents a non-patriarchal system struggling for survival.

Suzanne Benton, a sculptor, performed the masked ritual tale of “Sarah and Hagar.” Attendees also celebrated in a dance led by Melanie Hahn.

In the hope of creating a new tradition of study on this topic, the resource center is calling for scholarly works and rituals on the theme of Sarah to be submitted to their library.

Anyone who wishes to submit a work for inclusion in the Center’s new bibliography on Sarah should write to the National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section, 9 East 69 St., New York, NY 10021.