Lilith's indispensable resource listings

Catch the landmark exhibition Lilith Magazine: the voice of Jewish Women, spotlighting the dramatic changes in Jewish women’s lives over the magazine’s nearly 30-year span. Nov. 3-30 at the Hebrew Union College IVIuseum, Cincinnati (www.edu/museums/cn). January 8 to February 19 at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Boca Raton, FL {www.levisjcc.org). To find out about related special events in Ohio, Florida and elsewhere, visit the Lilith website, www.Lilith.org.

In Celebration of Jewish Women Writers, an all-day conference Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, will feature Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Deborah Dash iVloore. Panelists include Pearl Abraham, Anne Bernays, Jyl Felman, Carole L.Glickfeld, Blu Greenberg, Esther Hautzig, Dara Horn, Rona Jaffe, Francine Klagsbrun, Joan Leegant, Yonah Zeldis IMcDonough, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Nessa Rapoport, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Hilma Wolitzer and Meg Wolitzer. Under the auspices of the Eleanor Leff Jewish Women’s Resource Center, National Council of Jewish Women NY Section, the conference will take place at Hebrew Union College in New York City. More details from alandau@ncjwny.org.

Good Business: Retaining and Advancing Women in Jewish Communal Service. A changemaking manual recommends policies on work/life balance for women to ensure they’re included and promoted. Published by the Jewish Communal Professionals of Chicago, it was created by professional women as part of project SULAM: A Career Ladder for Women in Jewish Communal Service, with funding from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago. Download this manual at www.jcsana.org or at www.ajcop.org. For more information, email jcpcsulam@sbeglobal.nel.

Are yoy at home with the kids? Jewish Communal Service Association Networking Parents is a group of Jewish communal professionals—educators, rabbis, social workers and others— currently at home with their children full or part time who want to stay connected to the Jewish work world. A listserv provides opportunities to share resources, offer feedback on flex time, telecommuting, volunteering and more. www.jcsana.org

3Gs, the third generation, grandchildren of Holocaust survivors in the New York area, have a website, live events, and online discussions. www.3gnewyork. org

The Joint work features a collaborative piece that three women artists— Christian, Jewish and Muslim—created together. Over a year, a length of cloth made three trips around the world to the studios of Australian artist Irene Barberis, Iranian-born Parastou Forouhar, now living in exile in Germany, and American artist Jane Logemann. The result is the centerpiece of a new art exhibition which debuted in 2005 at the Jewish Museum of Australia. On view in its only U.S. venue from Oct. 20, 2005 to Feb. 26, 2006 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, www.thecjm.org

Hello Gorgeous! Fashion, Beauty, and the Jewish American Ideal decodes the cultural definition of beauty in America, exploring how Jews adapted, ignored, overcame, and reshaped these ideals. A collection of vintage clothing and accessories shows how Jewish identity was constructed through appearance and shows how Jews had an impact on American glamour through the garment industry. Sept. 18-April 16 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. www.jewishmuseummd.org

Defining Family and those “ties that bind, bend, break and heal.” For a summer /fall 2006 special issue on this theme, submit your original unpublished poetry, fiction or literary nonfiction in English, or unpublished translations in English, by Nov 30, 2005 to Crab Orchard Review.


Jewish women in the economy. Women have always played central roles in the world of work and money. How has Jewish society, in different parts of the world, past as well as present, constructed women’s economic roles? To what extent have these roles enabled Jewish women to gain access to money and property, prestige and power? Sylvie Fogiel-Bijaoui is consulting editor for a spring 2007 issue of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues. Send your proposal for an article by Feb. 1, 2006. nashim@schechter.ac.il

The Blue Card Fund makes financial grants to needy Holocaust survivors and, when necessary, to survivor’s children with psychological needs. If you know of someone in need, or to make a contribution to the fund: www.bluecardfund.org.

Title IX’s equal sports access for women is endangered. The U.S. Department of Education has issued a new “clarification” that lets schools forgo equal athletic opportunities if female students don’t answer an email survey of their sports interest—a survey the schools have no obligation to send to male students. Learn more about this at www.sporthealthresearch.org and join an e-mail campaign sponsored by the advocacy group Dads and Daughters. dads.e-actionmax. com/showalert. asp?aaid=1429

Sippurim, was founded by Susan Heitler, a Denver psychologist and grandmother, who, frustrated that most of the kids’ books about Israel that she found focused on the Middle East conflict, sought a way to convey her love of israel to her grandchildren via literature. Sippurim (“stories” in Hebrew) acts a catalyst to develop books for young readers that detail daily life in Israel and to stimulate the writing and publication of picture books and novels set in Israel. They have also developed, in their Jewish Children’s Book Project, a database that finds books for Jewish children by theme, holiday, age group, etc., and helps publishers of quality books for children on Jewish subjects find their audience. More information from director (and former LILITH intern) Natalie Blitt; Natalie@sippurim.org; www.sippurim.org

Men’s Work and Worth. The latest in a series “Hearing Men’s Voices,” is geared to “involving Jewish men in Jewish life.” This booklet from the Conservative/Marsorti movement’s Federation of Jewish Mens Clubs asks: Are we what we do? Career and midlife changes are chronicled in personal essays by a doctor, a rabbi, a lawyer, a cabinetmaker and others. Earlier guides focus on how to welcome interfaith couples, and men’s roles as fathers. ($14.95). www.fjmc.org/storeHMV.html

Jewish Divorce Law: Protection or Life Sentence? asks Batya Levin, chair of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Agunah Task force, in a special issue (summer 2005) of the JOFA Journal. Included are 24 pages of heartrending stories from the trenches, calls for reform by long time activists Rivka Haut and Susan Aranof and proposed solutions by Orthodox rabbis. A copy of the journal is free; (212)679-8500, www.jofa.org

No Small Change, an intergenerational women’s tzedekah collective, has created an imaginative and useful resource guide with Jewish sources on giving charity and questions to ask yourself, your parents, your sister collective members about your attitudes to money, giving, social change, gender and Judaism. The group began meeting about five years ago, encouraged by the doyenne of Jewish feminist philanthropy, Barbara Dobkin. Founders included former Lilith staffers and interns: Sarah Blustain, Rachel Dobkin and Susan Sapiro. Women in their 20s and 30s then invited Jewish teen girls to join them. www.2164.net/PDF-newsletters/No SmallChange.pdf

“Facing Breast Cancer as a Jewish Woman” addresses spirituality, Jewish holidays, being single, community support, marriage, mikvah, parenting through breast cancer, fertility and pregnancy and workplace worries. The latest publication from Sharsheret, the organization of young Jewish women with breast cancer www.sharsheret.org

New Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis, 1998 – 2005 features poetry, fiction, life stories and essays by current and former St. Louis residents, some well-known writers and others just emerging. This follows First Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis 1991-1997. St. Louis may be the only community in the U.S. to publish this type of book. Included are Lilith authors Shelly R. Fredman, Julie Heifetz, Jane Ellen Ibur, and others. For a copy of the 500-page anthology send $20 plus $3 shipping to Brodsky Library. 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146. www.brodsfylibrary.org