Resources for Jewish Women

Your Writing Here

Babes in Goyland, a website for Jewesses on the Loose, describes itself as “an online community for young Jewish women with attitude.” Want to write for them? They’re looking for submissions 250-1200 words long. Contributors should review Ophira Edut’s current Babes in Goyland website www.ophira.com/jewgirl prior to submitting queries or work to: Brian Zumhagen; c/o Urban Box Office Network, 601 W. 26th St., 12th fir, New York, NY 10001; (212)706-3400; fax (212)691-2828; brianz@ubo.net

When the Prophet is a Sister. For a forthcoming anthology, The Paradoxes of Miriam, re-examining this important yet elusive figure (the sister of Moses, but she never got the play that he did) and her role in Jewish culture, send feminist, revisionist, or non-traditional perspectives—poems, fiction, prose midrash, essays, meditations—with SASE by 12/1/00 to Enid Dame, P.O. Box 455, High Falls, NY 12440.

The Jewish Women’s Poetry Workshop sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Resource Center of NCJW New York Section has moved. Jewish women poets and women who like to listen to poetry are invited to come the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-9PM, NCJW, 241 W. 72nd Street, New York, NY; Henny Wenkart, (212)751-9223.

Jewish Fabulist Fiction: fables, fantasy, myths, magical realism. Send your short story by June 30, for an international anthology to be published by Invisible Cities Press of Montpelier, VT. Sephardi/Mizrahi-themed work encouraged. Send SASE for guidelines to: D. Jaffee, 57 Broadlawn Park, #26A, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; Danya40@aol.com

Transformations: A Resource for Curriculum Transformation and Scholarship, a journal, assists teachers and scholars at all levels who are committed to integrating recent scholarship on gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and other identity positions. They’ll take papers from a variety of approaches, from theoretical essays to short descriptions of pedagogical innovations; Ellen G. Friedman, Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey, PO Box 7718, Ewing, NJ 08628- 0718; (609)771-2539; (609)637-5164; http://transformations.tcnj.edu

Your Input Needed

Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement: for a documentary film, seeking women to interview. Please contact Elizabeth Zitron, (573)441-8279; zitrone@missouri.edu; (see also LlLITH’s article “Unsung Heroines of the ’60s: Jewish Women Who Went South” [Fall 1999].) 

Mikveh & Niddah Observance: Your recollections and information about experiences in the United States prior to and through the 1940s sought for a doctoral dissertation in American Jewish history by Jane Rothstein, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012; jr231@is5.nyu.edu.


Jerusalem Women’s Voices, a bi-annual English-language Israel feminist publication edited by former Knesset Member Marcia Freedman, is sent to supporters of Kol Ha-Isha, the Jerusalem Women’s Center, whose goal is to represent feminists from many different communities in Israel. In the current issue, Israeli poet and cultural worker Brachi Seri describes being a girl in Yemen; activist Yvonne Deutsch recalls her childhood as an immigrant from Hungary; and political scientist Henriette Dahan-Kalev analyzes the tension between Mizrachi and Ashkenazi feminists. Tax-deductible contributions can be directed to Kol Ha-Isha via the New Israel Fund (POB 91588, Washington, DC 20090) or U.S./Israel Women to Women (275 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001); or directly to Kol Ha-Isha, FOB 37157, Jerusalem 91371, Israel kolisha@netmedia.net.il.

Sh’ma on Feminism. In January the Jewish intellectual journal offered reflections by Tamara Cohen, Daniel Cordis, Blu Greenberg, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Gail Twersky Reimer and others. Available from Jewish Family & Life, 56 Kearney Rd. #B, Needham, MA 02494; (781)449-9894; www.Shma.com

Vital Signs is a manual for using poetry and teaching writing in hospitals, healing centers, therapeutic groups and crisis centers. Funded by the Witter Bynner Foundation, the project that developed this free book was directed by poet Davi Walders in cooperation with Dr. Lori Wiener and Gil Brown from The Children’s Inn at NIH, 7 West Dr., Bethesda, MD 20814-1509; (301)496-5672; fax (301)496-4421.

Seven Tzedakah Ideas for Shabbat draw on ancient teachings about each person’s responsibility to share what they have. This is the second in the series of Torah of Money education cards about doing tzedakah in connection with Jewish holidays. The first card is “Eight Ideas for Hanukkah Gelt.” The Shefa Fund, 805 East Willow Grove Ave., #2D; Wyndmoor, PA 19038; (215)247-9704; fax (215)247-1015; info@shefafund.org

All in Our Family

Zahal B is a website for gay, lesbian and bisexual Israeli youth, ages 15-22, that provides information and lists weekly social meetings led by trained youth leaders in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (other groups forming), where individuals can meet and talk about common issues in a comfortable atmosphere. http://members.xoom.com/zahalb/

Openly gay, deeply Jewish. Encompassing the whole range of Jewish and gay Jewish experience, this Lehrhaus Judaica offered over 40 classes and had 500 participants in its first year of classes 1998-99. Request a free course catalog from this first of about 30 synagogues in the US to openly welcome gay and lesbian members. Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, 57 Bethune St., New York, NY 10014; (212)929-9498; fax (212)620-3154; www.cbst.org

Lesbian Mothering is the theme of the most recent issue of the Association for Research on Mothering Journal; 2000 will bring issues on “Mothers and Sons” and “Mothering in the African Diaspora.” Members receive bi-annual newsletter, information mailings, conferences and subscription to the ARM Journal. Individuals $55; institutions $75. ARM, Atkinson College, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3; (416)736-2100 x60366, arm@yorku.ca, fax: (905)775-1386

Faith Matters, hosted by Maureen Fiedler, is a radio talk show designed to provided “spirited conversation” about the religious issues that shape our times and public policy and to challenge the dominance of the religious right in radio broadcasting. Produced by the eponymous nonprofit corporation, affiliated with the Quixote Center of Brentwood, MD, it airs Sundays, 10-11 a.m. EST, on these stations: KWAB 1490 AM, Boulder, CO; WWDB 860 AM, Philadelphia, PA; KFNX 1100 AM, Phoenix, AZ; WALE; 990 AM, Providence, Rl.

Million Mom March Mothers Day 2000 is calling on Congress to enact common sense gun control legislation by May 14, and plans a march in Washington DC to celebrate, or to protest bipartisan ineptitude. They endorse: sensible cooling-off periods to acquire a purchased gun, background checks, licensing handgun owners, registering all handguns, safety locks for all handguns, limiting purchases to one handgun per month and no-nonsense enforcement of gun laws.