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The Positive Woman is a new bimonthly magazine for women who test positive for HIV. It is a forum for those affected by the disease to express their opinions and to evaluate current services, legislation and the social impact of HIV/AIDS. The Positive Woman, Inc. P.O. Box 33061, Washington DC 20033-0061, (202) 898-0372.

WHAM! Frontlines is the newsletter of the Women’s Health Action and Mobilization, an organization committed to “demanding, securing and defending absolute reproductive freedom and quality health care for all women.” WHAM, P.O. Box 733, New York, NY 10019, (212) 713-5966.

Women & Recovery covers AIDS, alcohol, co-dependence, depression, drugs, eating disorders, incest, mental health, and physical abuse with news items, projects, publications, recovery services, and a calendar of events. 12 issues for $ 18 plus postage ($3 for bulk mail, $4 for first class, $8 for Canada, $12 for other foreign) from Women To Women Communications, P.O. Box 161775, Cupertino, CA 95016, (408) 865-0472.

The Jewish Survivors’ Network has already published two issues of its newsletter and has a small but growing membership of Jewish survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The organization, whose goals are the prevention and the healing of those who have been abused, needs funds to sustain its activities. Until nonprofit tax exempt status is confirmed, make contributions payable to director Mindy Adelman and note that the money is to go to JSN. An acknowledgment receipt will be sent. Become a member and receive their newsletter: JSN, P.O. Box 1566, Philadelphia, PA 19105.

ARTS MEDIA

Tarbut: Israeli Cultural Affairs in North America is a quarterly newsletter on the ails, listing music, dance, literature, art, events for children, and background articles. Free from Department of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York, 800 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

And the Women Danced-Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership is a national juried exhibition and part of an effort to develop images of the changing leadership in Judaism as women have joined the rabbinate. Slated for March 1993, the exhibition is open to professional artists in any visual medium. Jurors are Philadelphia artists and critics; three cash prizes. Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, Jewish Women’s Studies Project, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Church Road and Greenwood Avenue, Wyncote, PA 19095.

TELL YOUR STORY

How can our Biblical mothers, Deena and Tamar, act as role models for Jewish women survivors of rape and incest? A group of rabbinical students are editing a book on Jewish feminist spirituality, highlighting biblical mothers as archetypes of our life experiences. Send stories, midrashim, poetry, songs, rituals (requesting anonymity if you wish) to Gila Rayzel Raphael, 6357 Wayne. #B4, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Holocaust children orphaned and later adopted — share your stories on film. Beverly Post, 60 Pineapple Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 237-0961 (collect).

Red Diaper Daughters raised in politically active (socialist, communist, progressive) households in the 1930’s-50’s, send essays, memoirs, short prose or poetry with SASE for a book by Red Diaper Daughters: liana Girard Singer, R-D Project, 262 Scenic Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611-3417.

Members of the Family: A Century of Companion Animal Portraits will be a 60-photo traveling exhibit at the I.B. Singer Center to be established in Tel Aviv. Concern for Helping Animals in Israel seeks photos demonstrating a loving bond between people and animals. Deadline: October 31, 1992. Separate categories for children and adults. Details: CHAI, P.O. Box 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302. (703) 658-9650

For a guidebook for Jews by choice: if you’re considering conversion, have already converted, or are a rabbi who deals extensively with converts, contact Lawrence J. Epstein, Suffolk Community College, English Department, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784.

The first national online database of research-in-progress on women is here! Access and contribute to new research and resources to describe and improve women’s lives. The National Council for Research on Women, Debra Schultz, 47-49 East 65th St.. New York, NY 10021.(212)570-5004.

Acknowledge, grieve, and heal from infertility or pregnancy loss: for a new anthology send poems, journal writing, sketches, prayers, rituals, and art to Bonnie and Laurie Baron, 7494 Rainswept Lane, San Diego, CA 92119, (619) 461-4120

Bay Area home movies portraying northern California’s Jewish community, organizations, institutions, businesses, Jewish family life, life-cycle rituals, and synagogue activities are sought for a film and sound archive of Jewish communities in the western United States. Contact Elizabeth Friedman, Judah Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94705.

CELEBRATE

The Harvard Hillel Sabbath Songbook includes music and lyrics in Hebrew and Yiddish with transliteration and translations by students. Illustrated and indexed. 270 pages. $28.00 hardcover, $18 softcover. Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel, 74 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

Book a Jewish storyteller at your next event or be listed in their directory if you tell stories yourself The Jewish Storytelling Directory is available from The Jewish Storytelling Center, 92nd Street YM-YWHA Library, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128, Peninnah Schram, Director, (212) 415-5544

Musicians, mimes, clowns, and performing artists recently emmigrated from Russia are available to entertain at your next event: Alice K. Adesman , Director, Cultural Arts Program, New York Association for New Americans, mail to: 111 Fifth Avenue, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004, (212) 387-7090

San Francisco Jewish human rights group offers a way to share greetings for a sweet New Year while supporting the human rights and welfare of Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees. Sanctuary theme Rosh Hashanah cards, 8 for $12.00 from San Francisco Jewish Sanctuary Coalition, P.O. Box 411391, San Francisco, CA 94141-1391 (415) 282-2636.

GATHER TOGETHER

Women’s Voices: An Examination of the Status of Women in Israel Today. Meet Israeli journalists, academics, and advocates and learn about women’s political voice, involvement in the peace movement, and organizations that deal with violence against women. One-week study tour in Israel, November 1992. Contact Susan Bandler, New Israel Fund, 111 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. (212) 302-0066.

Mingle and browse at the next biennial Jerusalem International Book Fair (April 18-23, 1993). Applications are being accepted for a fellowship program to recognize talented younger editors from the United States and Europe. Deadline: October 1, 1992. Applications; Michal Meryn, Jerusalem International Book Fair, c/o Israel Trade Center. 350 Fifth Avenue. 19th Floor. New York. NY 10181, (212) 744-2818.

Jewish Women and Their Worlds: Making a Difference, the second Texas Jewish Feminist Conference will take place October 23-25, 1992. Keynoters include Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Susannah Heschel, and Irena Klepfisz. Chaired by LILITH fiction editor Julia Wolf Mazow. American Jewish Committee, 3336 Richmond Avenue, #303, Houston, TX 77098, (713)524-1133.

POLITICS —’92 & BEYOND

The Women’s 1992 Voting Guide by the Women’s Political Action Group, makes it easy to understand issues and choose candidates who support women’s interests in areas such as sexual harassment, abortion rights, health insurance, medical research, pay equity, child support, child care, rape, breast cancer, domestic violence, and family leave; 96 pages, $3.95. A percentage of the profits from sales will got selected women’s organizations. In your local bookstore or $5.00 (includes shipping) from Earth Works Press, 1400 Shattuck Avenue, #25. Berkeley, CA 94709.

Fundraising goal: 50 female senators. Not a moment too soon. Send money to continue twenty years of work advancing the role of women in political leadership to the Center for the American Woman and Politics. Eagleton Institute of Politics. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (908) 828- 2210, Ruth B. Mandel, Director.

Help save choice. Contribute to the National Council of Jewish Women’s Choice Campaign, which is working to influence public opinion with printed materials, public forums, letters to the editor, press statements, a telegram bank to pubic officials, speeches, rallies and community advocacy. NCJW, 53 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010.

Fight Operation Rescue. Contribute to the goal of raising $50,000 to continue the pro-choice fight against Operation Rescue’s abortion clinic picketing campaigns. NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund. P.O. Box 96775, Washington DC 20090-6775.

SEPHARDIC CELEBRATIONS

Our Story: The Jews of Sepharad is a series of special publications from the Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education: Celebrations and Stories describes variations in the way Judeo-Spanish, Spanish- Portuguese, Moroccan, Syrian, and Ashkenazi Jews celebrate holidays and life-cycle events; a section of stories includes Dona Gracia Nasi Mendes. You are the Historian is aimed at elementary and middle schools. Two Traditions—One People is designed for teens and adults. CAJE, 261 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

Visit Jewish South America. Tour Argentina and Brazil with scholar Lily Blank, executive director of Venezuela’s Confederation of Jewish Organizations. Meet Sephardim and Ashkenazim and study the political position of Jews in South America. August 12-24, Gratz College, Old York Rd, and Melrose Ave.. Melrose Park, PA 19126.(215)635-7300

Sephardic Roots? Go to Spain, Turkey, and Greece with an option to visit Israel and Morocco. International Costa Tours, 733 Third Avenue, #2101, New York, NY 10017, or American Sephardi Federation, 133 East 58th Street, New York, NY won.

Three short film portraits of Sephardic women from Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey: Nana: A Portrait, directed by Jamil Simon; I Miss the Sun, by Mary Halawani, and Trees Cry for Rain: A Sephardic Journey, by Bonnie Burt, are being offered in special programs by the Jewish Film Festival, 2600 Tenth Street #102. Berkeley. CA 94710 (510) 548-0556. A Jewish Film Festival will be presented in Madrid, Spain, October 10-17, and a catalog offers more details.