The Art of Clothing
Fashion lovers and feminists, rejoice! On view at New York City ‘s Museum of Art and Design until mid-August, “Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art” is a global survey featuring the work of 35 contempo- rary artists, including the slogans embroi- dered on undergarments. Learn about the craft of wearable art around the globe, and its history and cultural relevance too. madmuseum.org
Women ‘s Torah Study
Frustrated by the lack of Jewish program- ming for women in France, two women built a school. Kol-Elles is a space for women of all ages to study Torah and Talmud through a feminist and Orthodox perspective. The school has enrolled 200 women of all ages and has gained a hefty following on social media, where it shares additional learning resources. kol-elles.com
Hazon, which seeks to bring more sustain able food options to Jewish spaces, is collaborating with The Humane Society in support of their Forward Food Pledge, offering virtual training programs for residential organizations wanting to re-envision their food service operations. Participants learn new recipes and culinary techniques to more sustainably serve their communities. The goal? 50% plant-based entrees throughout the food service industry by 2025.”
The result? A “kinder” dining experience, for the planet and for your wallet. For more informa tion contact Becky@Hazon.org.
Gendering Jewish Inter/ Nationalism
A special issue of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies explores gender in the con- text of international Jewish political activ- ism. Editor Jaclyn Granick says the topic allowed writers to explore how gender barriers and norms historically engendered creativity among Jewish women themselves as well as different ways of operat- ing from men in international activism. Check out The Activism of Foreign-Born Jewish Women in Liberal Italy, American Women ‘s International Travel and Activism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,â€ and more. tandfonline.com
From Jewish feminist author and blogger Sally Berkovic comes Death Duties, a bold meditation on Berkovic ‘s experiences with deathâ€”from the loss of loved ones, to her work with the Chevra Kadisha (local Jewish cohorts that prepare bodies for burial), and even her own brush with death. Berkovic weaves together stories of her family history, Jewish spiritual practices, and the realities of our new, closer proximity to death amidst a pandemic. She also offers a pamphlet of questions for readers, designed to help start the difficult conversations about death.â€ Formerly available only online, this invaluable resource for individuals and com- munities is now a printed book.
For linguists and language-lovers: The Workers’ Circle now offers a summer class in Ladino! Learn Judeo-Spanish, including the basics of vocabulary and grammar, information about Sephardic culture, with plenty of opportunity for participation. For pricing and to sign up for this course, as well as for a variety of Yiddish classes: circle.org/2022yiddish.
From Memoir to Opera
Composer Lori Laitman and writer Leah Lax have created Uncovered,â€ a new opera with libretto based on Lax ‘s moving memoir (familiar to Lilith readers), Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home. City Lyric Opera in New York City showcases the opera mid-November, 2022, starring sopranos Rachel Policar and Rachael Braun- stein as Leah Lax and Mikvah Attendant. To watch the trailer and purchase tickets, visit citylyricopera.org/uncovered. And for more of Lax ‘s story, read her on the Lilith blog and in Lilith ‘s winter 2014-2015 issue.
Teens with Disabilities, in Their Own Words
Looking for advice and camaraderie from the disability community? Matan, a Jewish disability advocacy organization, has a teen blog. Jewish teens from across the country write about their experiences navigating school, Jewish life and beyond, with disabilities, including autism, anxiety, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD and other neurological and psychological conditions. They discuss the challenges they face as a result of disability, as well as their triumphs. matankids.org/teenblog
World War II Stories
The Ciesla Foundation presents: Picking Up the Pieces: A Tale of Two Siblings ‘ Survival, Love and Achievements. In this intimate documentary, director Aviva Kempner shares the Holocaust survival stories of her mother, Hanka Ciesla, and uncle Dudek Ciesla, who were separated duringÂ the war. While one sibling hid in plain sight,Â passing as Catholic, the other enduredÂ the horrors of Auschwitz, until they finally (and miraculously) reunited. Find out moreÂ about this film and others from the Ciesla Foundation at cieslafoundation.org.
Gender Equity in Hiring
A new blog from the Gender Equity in
Hiring Project offers a treasure trove of
advice, opportunities and resources to
help employers challenge and depart
from gender biases in hiring practices,
particularly in the Jewish world. Recent
posts feature data-backed suggestions for
employers listing job opportunities, such as
posting the salary range, widening candi- date pools, and much more. Read the blog
Today ‘s Jewish Restaurants in Budapest
The Hungarian Museum of Commerce and Hospitality now features a photographic exhibition that will leave you hungry for the real thing!
Curated by Helga , the work focuses on a wide range of Jewish eateries in Budapest from fine dining to kosher fast food. And while you ‘re there, don ‘t miss You ‘ll Be Fine,â€ an exhibition which explores Hungarian Jewish cuisine and food culture as influenced by the Turkish occupation. Both exhibits will be on view through November 2022. mkvm.hu A (New) League of Their Own Adapted from the 1992 film,
A League of Their Own is a new television comedy drama series co-created by queer Jewish writer and actor Abbi Jacobson. The show follows a new set of storylines and characters as they navigate friendship, burgeon ing sexuality and the world of professional baseball, all amidst the racial and gender inequities of mid-century America. The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video beginning in August. Details at imdb. com/title/tt8226360.
After Roe: A New Battlefield
The Peabody-winning NPR podcast
Throughline has a two-part podcast on
the history and present realities of abortion access and our new landscape of reproductive rights amidst the Supreme Court ‘s
recent Roe vs. Wade decision. The hosts reflect on where we stand todayâ€”and how
we got hereâ€”through a textured explora tion of the grassroots organizing, political
processes and the brave individuals who have led the charge for reproductive jus- tice. Listen at npr.org.
Compiled by Arielle Silver-Willner