Resources for Jewish Women


“Shadows Between Friends” is a half-hour drama on the complexities of friendships between Anglo and Hispanic high school students and is intended to help develop SENSITIVITY TO STEREO TYPING. 1/2 VHS, $50; 3/4″ VHS, $60; plus $5 for postage and handling. From Anti-Defamation League/Dept. JW/823 United Nations PL/New York, NY 10017.

Three VIDEOS ABOUT SOVIET JEWRY, plus three Russian-language videos geared toward educating new immigrants about Jewish tradition and practices are available from Ergo Media/PO Box 2037/Teaneck, NJ 07666.

Recipes for stuffed artichokes, Egyptian kebab in cumin sauce and pastries stuffed with dates are among the Jewish DELICACIES FROM THE NILE’S LAND demonstrated in this video which also includes scenes of Egypt and belly dancing. In Hebrew with English voice-over, $30 plus $2 shipping from The American Sephardi Federation! 133 E. 58th St./New York, NY 10022.


Since 1987, the annual Purim Fund for WOMEN IN POVERTY has distributed funds to grassroots community organizations that fight the feminization of poverty in the United States. Contributions may be sent until mid-April to: The Jewish Fund for Justice/920 Broadway, #605/New York, NY 10010.

The non-profit corporation that cares for and maintains artist Judy Chicago’s THE DINNER PARTY is seeking a permanent installation for the pioneering feminist work following its ten-year worldwide tour. Contributions may be sent to Through the Flower/PO Box 8138/Santa Fe, NM 87504.

The HAIFA RAPE CRISIS CENTER, serves Jewish and Arab women throughout Northern Israel. Funds are sought to launch an outreach and education project to develop greater public sensitivity to the problem of sexual assault and abuse. Contributions of $25 or more, marked donor-advised Haifa Rape Crisis Center, may be sent to: PEF Israel Endowment Fund/41 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS The Aviva Players, who specialize in works of American, French and German WOMEN COMPOSERS from the 18th through 20th centuries, can be seen performing on three video tapes available in VHS; $20 per tape or $50 for all thee. Contact: Mira Spektor/262 Central Park West, #14E/New York, NY 10024.

Three audio tapes of original and traditional music presented by Tofa’ah, a group of JEWISH WOMEN MUSICIANS who perform for female audiences only, are now available. For more information contact Tofa’ah/199 Caroline St./Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

REWARDING READING A special issue of the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review (Vol.12, No. 1-2) features short essays about a broad spectrum of Jewish women, written by FEMINIST SCHOLARS. $10 from JFER c/o Shalom Staub/3489 Green St./ Harrisburg, PA 17110.

YOUTH TALK ABOUT SEXUALITY AND ABORTION: A Training Manual For Religious Educators addresses the abortion controversy within the context of religious freedom and tolerance, and includes workshop resource materials. $15 from the Missouri Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights/569 Melville, #208ISt. Louis, MO 63130.

The Center for Holocaust Studies’ quarterly publication devotes a special issue to WOMEN OF VALOR. It contains oral histories and brief biographies of partisans and resistance fighters, as well as historical background. Send $5 plus $1.50 postage and handling for: Women of Valor/Center for Holocaust Studies Documentation and Research/1609 Ave. JI Brooklyn, NY 11230.

Shayna Brodsky’s feminist interpretation of 101 WOMEN OF THE HEBREW BIBLE, is available on disk for IBM compatible computers, $12.95 from Kaplan Enterprises/P.O. Box 5551/Mesa, AZ 85211.

The ADOPTION BOOK CATALOG describes over 80 titles on adoption-related subjects, for children, teens and adults. Free from Wallmark Associates/Special Books Group/PO Boxl 73/Ringoes, NJ 08551.


The first living history museum in the U.S. devoted to the URBAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE, presents a wide range of multi-cultural programs, performances and walking tours. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum/97 Orchard St./ New York, NY 10002.

Combine the American tradition of citizen action with the Jewish passion for social justice at the CONSULTATION ON CONSCIENCE conference to be held April 7-9. Contact: Religious Action Center/2027 Massachusetts Ave. NWI Washington, DC 20036.

Art by inmates at the TEREZIN CONCENTRATION CAMP can be viewed at the Massachusetts College of Art, March 6-May 4. The exhibit exposes the double lives of the artists, comparing propaganda ordered by the Nazis with their private art. Massachusetts College of Art/621 Huntington Ave./Boston, MA 02115.

ETHNIC WEDDINGS IN AMERICA captures in photos the traditions and spirit of contemporary weddings of 25 different American ethnic groups. “Ethnic Images in Advertising^’ co-sponsored with the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith, traces the evolution of ethnic images in magazine ads and product labels. Both exhibitions are available for travel from The Batch Institute for Ethnic Studies/18 S. Seventh St./Philadelphia, PA 19106.

The eleventh annual national conference sponsored by the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation for WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS, wll be held March 23, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. For reservations, call 212-692-9100, outside of New York 800-321-6962.

The first international gathering of CHILDREN HIDDEN DURING THE HOLOCAUST with or without parents, will take place May 26-27, at the Hebrew Union College in New York. Contact: The Hidden Child/246 West End Ave., #GF/New York, NY 10023.

The 17th annual summer conference of the FEMINIST WOMEN’S WRITING workshops will be held at Wells College, Aurora, NY, July 14-26. Speakers will include Jewelle Gomez, Grace Paley and Nancy Bereano. Send SASE to Rachel Guido de-Vries/Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops/PO Box 6583/Ithaca, NY 14851.

Bring a SEPHARDIC RENAISSANCE to your school or community center with a live performance including music, games, quizzes and gifts tailored for your audience. Contact Rabbi David Cohen, (718)945-4268.

“The Jews’ Wailing Place, a Friday” a photograph circa 1880 by Felix Bonfils, is among the photos, prints, and women’s prayer-books in WOMEN AND LITURGY, a small display on view Jan. 13 to May 12 at The Blumenthal Library of the Judah Magnes Museum/2911 Russell St./Berkeley, CA 94705.

For a traveling exhibition on “The Traditions — Past and Present — of the SOVIET JEWISH DIASPORA which will include photos, videos, slides, lectures, conferences and possibly an auction of works by Jewish painters, the organizers are seeking synagogues and community centers in the U.S. to serve as sites. For information, contact: 109649/USSRI Moscow/ Kapotnya-51 Post Box 61 “Exhibition”


Volunteer in Israel with Jerusalem Elwyn, a non-profit organization that serves DISABLED CHILDREN AND ADULTS of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Contact: David Marcu/North American Office, Jerusalem Elwyn/111 Elwyn Rd.l Elwyn, PA 19063

 A new listing of REFUSENIKS STILL TRAPPED in the Soviet Union who can be contacted by mail and would appreciate messages of hope and solidarity, is available from: Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry/50 W. 97th St., #3FINew York, NY 10025.

If your family would like to HOST A FOREIGN EXCHANGE high school student in your home for a period of three to five months, you can request a Jewish student through Open Door Student Exchange/250 Fulton Ave./ Hempstead, NY 11551.

Make friends! BECOME A PEN PAL in a special program for youth around the world to get to know Israeli children. Write to: The American Friends of ICCYI PO Box 20336/Columbus Circle Station/New York, NY 10023.

SEE YOURSELF IN PRINT Stories telling about a turning point, triumph, tragedy, hope, dream or accomplishment, written by individuals over age 60, are sought for a contest, LEGACIES, sponsored by the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. Entries must not exceed two typed or handwritten pages, deadline April 30. Send to Legacies, c/o JASA/40 W. 68th St. New York, NY 10023.

ORIGINAL POETRY, no more than 20 lines long, is sought for the American Poetry Anthology. Entrance in the contest is free and prizes worth $11,000 will be distributed to 152 winnings poets. Entries must be postmarked by June 30. American Poetry Association, Dept. CO-51/PO Box 1803/Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

For a special issue on RELATIONSHIPS: INTIMATE, FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY, send essays, personal narratives and interviews, deadline Sept. 1, to: SAGE: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women/PO Box 427411 Atlanta, GA 30311.


SEEING THROUGH AIDS is a guide listing over 80 media productions addressing AIDS and AIDS-related issues, including women and AIDS, youth and AIDS activism. $6.50 from Media Network/121 Fulton St., 5th fl./New York, NY 10038.

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION is a certificate program that provides clergy with expertise in counseling alcoholics and chemically-dependent persons and their families. May 21-24, register by March 1. Contact: Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others Foundation (JACS)/197 E. Broadway/New York, NY 10002.

A TORAH LEARNING CORRESPONDENCE course for women is tailored to the individual student’s background and desired study pace. Courses cost $10 in Israel and $15 for overseas students, with tapes and recommended textbooks to be purchased separately. Contact: Happy Klein/ EYAHT Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies for Women/ Rehov Imrei Bina 22/Kiryat Sam, Jerusalem/Israel.

The SPIRITUAL ELDERING PROJECT is a series of seminars led by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, on affirming the success of aging, reflecting on our inner wisdom, the art of joyous life review and visioning our future. Contact: Lynne Iser/P’nai Or Religious Fellowship/7318 Germantown Ave./Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Use voice, movement, meditation, prayer and visual arts to create your own EXPERIENTIAL MIDRASH and celebratory rituals of womanhood in day-long sessions limited to 12 women. For information, contact: Jane London August/3 Bridge Creek Rd. New Pain, NY 12561.

Jewish scholars, rabbinic authorities and therapists will speak at a conference on MENTAL ILLNESS: The Challenge from Jewish Tradition’,’ to be held in St. Louis April 21-22. For information, call (314)644-8085.

Star Trade, Inc. is a newly organized open-end diversified investment company which invests only in U.S.-traded companies who refuse to participate in the Arab League’s ECONOMIC BOYCOTT of Israel. For information, call 800-221-STAR.