Resources for Jewish Women


Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Generation of Jewish Feminism. How does your identity as a Jew mesh with your identity as a feminist, as a “biker chick/vegan/aging raver/geek/tattoo artist/whatever?” If it includes religion, what does that religion look like? How do those born after 1965—who grew up while ’70s-era Jewish feminists were ordaining women rabbis and reworking New Moon rituals—think about being Jewish women? For an anthology to be published by Seal Press, send your 3,000-8,000 word essay and short bio by August 15—one via snail mail and one via e-mail to Danya Ruttenberg, Yentl’s Revenge, 55 East Monroe #1890, Chicago, IL 60603; YentlsRevenge@hotmail.corn

Feeding an Identity: Gender, food and survival. Current scholarly interest in gender studies has come full circle, back to the kitchen. Want to write about women’s role in food management? Jewish food, gender and ethnic identity? Send proposals by September 1, and completed articles by December 1, to guest editor Norma Baumel Joseph, Nashim, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, FOB 8600, Jerusalem 91083, Israel or dvorahg@iol.co.il

Jewish Women Writers Short Story Competition. In addition to the pioneering Biblio Press in New York (bibook@aol.com), here’s a new independent publisher specializing in works by and of interest to Jewish women. Winning entries will be published in an anthology; first prize is £1,000 ($1,600). Open to Jewish women 18 and over writing in English. Deadline: August 31, 2000. Michael Ben Zion, Ben Zion Press, 24 Hanover Crescent, Brighton, East Sussex, U.K. BN2 2SB, Tel/Fax +44 1273 670 716; mbz@ben-zion.fsnet.co.uk; www.ben-zion.fsnet. co.uk

Health Resources

Speak EC: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Emergency Contraception is an 11-minute videotape produced by Equal Shot productions, $11.50 from The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy, 120 Wall St., NY, NY 10005; (212)514-5534×204; fax (212)514-5538; www.crlp.org

Eyesontheprize.org reaches out to women who find their fertility, sense of womanhood, and very lives threatened by cancer and its treatment. Find information about cervical, endometrial, ovarian, vulva, vaginal and gestational cancers, and the personal experiences of other women’s cancer journeys on this new website, launched on Mother’s Day. You can join a monitored, support mailing list. Links include multicultural issues. www.eyesontheprize.org


Annie Albers (1899-1994), considered by many the preeminent textile designer of the 20th century, is the subject of a comprehensive exhibit recently shown in Venice, Paris and Bottrop, Germany. Weavings, drapery materials, wall coverings, fabric swatches, and her memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, “Six Prayers,” as well as letters, photographs and ephemera are on view through August 20 at the Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10128; (212)423-3271; fax (212)423-3232.

Louise Nevelson (1899- 1988), sculptor, is commemorated in a set of extraordinary first class 33-cent United States postal stamps that show details from her sculptures.

Encountering the Second Commandment (Exodus 20:3-4)—which forbids making any likeness from “the heavens above and the earth below”—is the theme of an international traveling exhibit to open in October 2001. Original artworks produced by Jewish and non-Jewish artists age 18 and older that express Jewish themes may be entered in the competition by December 15, 2000. Details from American Jewish Museum, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217; (412)521-8011 xl05; fax (412)208-9107; bwerber@jcpgh.org; www.jccpgh.org

Art for a Cause

The Black Doll Project is the brainchild of Linda Tarry-Chard, founder and president of the Project People Foundation, in partnership with Helen Lieberman, a white Jewish South African woman [See Lilith, Winter 1996]. The foundation, an African-American charity, is noted for building bridges between black and Jewish communities in the US. Dolls may be purchased in the US for $20; revenues pay the South African craftswomen and support the work of the Project People. You can purchase dolls for distribution to Ethiopian Jewish children in Israel via NACOEJ, 132 Nassau St., 4th fl.. New York, NY 10038; (212)233-5200; fax (212)233-5243; nacoej.aol.com

An illustrated Jewish feminist wall calendar for the year 5761 from September 2000-September 2001 is $10 from Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, 459 Columbus Ave., #329, New York, NY 10024; (212)752- 7133; fax (212)753-6054; www.jofa.org

Directory of Resources for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Families—what you need in that crisis time— offers information about the network of UJA-Federation-supported agencies, medical centers and community centers as well as private organizations. Free. UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022; (212)980-1000; fax (212)888-7538.

Advocates for the Jewish Mentally III are parents or siblings of (mostly) Jewish persons with chronic and persistent brain diseases. Their social group, Tikvah, serves 135 children/siblings and has a part-time coordinator and monthly bowling parties, museum trips, hayrides, holiday luncheons, and Torah classes. The Delaware Valley group hopes eventually to have long-term supportive housing for members and is eager to help similar groups start in other places. Beulah Saideman, AJMI, P.O. Box 561, Abington, PA 19001; (215)947-7031; BeulahSaid@aol.com; also at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, 1610 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA 19103; (215)545-8610

Eldercare Ideas

Resources for Caregivers, a 28-page guidebook, lists books, websites and tapes, services, financial and government resources, and organizations that assist those with AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, heart disease, mental health problems, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Created with the National Alliance for Caregiving and free from MetLife Mature Market Institute, 57 Greens Farms Rd., Westport, CT 06880; (203)221-6580; MMl_MetLife@MetLife.com; www.MetLife.com

People who graduate from high school are healthier in old age than people who do not. This and other interesting findings appear in the current issue of a twice yearly newsletter summarizing research on the aging process by psychologists, anthropologists, nurses, social workers, sociologists and physicians. Research Highlights, Polisher Research Institute of Philadelphia Geriatric Center, 261 Old York Rd, #427, P.O. Box 728, Jenkintown, PA 19046; (215)780-1021; www.pgc.org

Being Families

Same Sex Marriage, a special cross-denominational issue of the journal New Menorah, was written to assist clergy who are (or who become) willing to officiate ceremonially—or support legally, emotionally, and spiritually— couples who decide to enter same sex marriages. Authors include Rebecca Alpert, Elliot N. Dorff, Sue Levi Elwell, Eyal Levinson, Susan Saxe, and Nancy H. Wiener, $9 from Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, 7318 Germantown, Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119; (215)247-9700; www.aleph.org

Ametz Adoption Program of the Jewish Child Care Association offers individual and group counseling, workshops on medical issues, educational choices, conversion; a single parent network; a monthly drop-in-center. JCCA, 120 Wall St., New York NY 10005; (212)558- 9949; fax (212)558-9993; www.jewishchildcareny.org


The National Havurah Committee summer institute, August 14-20 in Rindge, NHC will feature teachers Alicia Ostriker, Judy Sirota Rosenthal, Judith Plaskow, Martha Ackelsberg, Debra Orenstein, Chava Weissler, Dawn Robinson Rose, among others. Liturgist and poet Marcia Falk will lead feminist Shabbat morning services from her “A Book of Blessings.” Hanoch Guy and Mordecai Jackson will teach about being empowered men in an egalitarian community. NHC, 7135 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119; (215)248-1335; fax (215)248-9768; institute@havurah.org; www.havurah.org

Are you an organizer? One year paid fellowships train Jewish young adults in organizing skills and educate them in Judaism’s religious, ethical and historical tradition of working with groups for social and economic justice. Michael Brown, Jewish Organizing Initiative, 94 Forest Hills St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; (617)522-3635; www.Jewishorganizing.org

Rabbinical School for free. Mordecai M. Kaplan z”l Scholarships support rabbinical students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. This graduate institution presents Judaism the way Kaplan did—as an evolving religious civilization— valuing universal freedom, justice and peace. Full merit scholarships include living stipends and are renewable for five years. Other scholarships are named for Marjorie & Aaron Ziegelman and Ira & Judith Eisenstein. Rabbi Dan Aronson, RRC, 1299 Church Rd. Wyncote, PA 19095; (215)576-0800, xl45; fax (215)576-6143; admissions@rrc.edu; www.rrc.edu

Domestic Violence

Has your doctor screened you? Send her/him a postcard offering health care providers free guidelines on how to provide support and referrals to patients who are battered. National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 383 Rhode Island St. #304, San Francisco, CA 94103; (415)252- 8900; fax (415)252-8991; or call 888-RX-ABUSE; fund@fvpf.org; www.fvpf.org/health

Help for abusive men. Beit Noam, a therapeutic community to help men with a history of violence towards women and children, in Raanana, Israel, is revolutionary in combining removal of the attacker from the home and reeducating him. Contributions may be made to PEF Israel Endowment Fund, designated for the Association for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, mail to: PEF, 317 Madison Ave. # 607, New York, NY 10017; (212)599-1260; in Israel, P.O.B. 696, 93104, Raanana, Israel; (972-9)743-0478; fax (972-9)743-0471.