Resources for Jewish Women


PARTISANS OF VILNA: THE SONGS OF WORLD WAR II JEWISH RESISTANCE is a new recording of Yiddish songs sung by young Vilna Ghetto resisters. Available as a CD, LP or cassette. Flying Fish/1304 W. Schubert/ Chicago, IL 60614.

Highlighting the spiritual, physical and cultural beauty of JERUSALEM are “Jerusalem: Soul of a People” “Sites Unseen: Off the Beaten Track in Jerusalem and “Music in Jerusalem,” three films on VCR available from Ergo Media Inc./PO Box 2037/668 Front St. /Teaneck,NJ 07666.

A new weekly cable television program THE JNF JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT SHOW will air Sundays at 1 pm in 155 cities in the US on the National Jewish Television. Check local listings for channel.

A 35-page guide with detailed information on 80 available media productions on the subject of WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM AND HEALTH is $11.50 for institutions and $6.50 for individuals and community-based organizations from Alternative Media Information Center/121 Fulton St., fifth fl./New York, NY 10038.

Step-by-step demonstrations for making strudel, kishka, cholent and other of BUBBE’S SECRET RECIPES, as well as ISRAELI COOKING MADE EASY AND DELICIOUS, are available from Cooking Videos, Inc./PO Box 6146/Delray Beach, FL 33484.

“Chanukah,” “Sing Around the Seasons,” and “Journey to Secret Places” are three newly released programs in the SHALOM SESAME series, co-produced by the Children’s Television Workshop and Israel Educational Television. Order from Shalom Sesame/1-800-822-1105.

A 19-chapter TV series PILLARS OF FIRE telling the dramatic story of Zionism from the first Zionist Congress to the establishment of the State of Israel, is now available on videocassettes from World Zionist Organization/Department of Information/6505 Wilshire Blvd. #505 /Los Angeles, CA 90048.


JEWISH WOMEN NOW is a reprint of columns by women writers which first appeared in Jewish Currents. Among those writing are Haika Grossman, Carol Jochnowitz and Melanie Kaye/ Kantrowitz. Available for $1 plus $.75 postage, and at bulk rates from Jewish Currents/22 E. 17th St. #601/New York, NY 10003.

Judaica News, a new quarterly newsletter for JUDAICA COLLECTORS, artisans and those interested in Jewish art, lists events in the New York metropolitan area. $20 for one year, or a free sample copy: Judaica News/PO Box 11301 Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

A series of pamphlets on the JEWISH LIFE CYCLE, “Birth;’ “Bar Mitzvah/Confirmation” “Mar-riager and “Death and Mourning,” combines Conservative, Orthodox and Reform learning. Available in quantity at 20 cents each from JWB Jewish Chaplains Council/15- E. 26th St./New York, NY 10010.

Brush up your Hebrew with Hadoar, the oldest HEBREW LANGUAGE WEEKLY in the world, written for the reader fluent in Hebrew and covering current events, literature and art. Lamishpaha is an illustrated monthly in simpler Hebrew, geared to the young reader and the adult not yet fluent. Both are published by Histadruth Ivrith of America/1841 Broadway/New York, NY 10023.

The SAT Gender Gap: Identifying the Causes, ($15); Earnings Sharing in Social Security: A Model for Reform, ($15); Legal Help for Battered Women ($5); and The Guide to Resources on Women and AIDS, ($20) are recent publications of THE CENTER FOR WOMEN POLICY STUDIES. Associate memberships are $50. CWPS12000 P St. NW #5081 Washington, DC 20036.


Funds are needed to make possible the completion of a book by Batya Weinbaum, WOMEN IN ISRAEL SPEAK: RELIGION, ACTION AND POLITICS. The book consists of photographs, interviews and poetry of the women of Israel. Send checks payable to the New Israel Fund, designated for “Israel Speak Project, Isha L’Isha” New Israel Fund/111 W. 40th St. #2600INew York, NY 10018.

Thousands of copies of THE AL-EPH BET OF JEWISH COOKING, a Russian-language, hardcover, illustrated cookbook, will be distributed in the Soviet Union as part of a project to provide basic Jewish libraries for Russian Jewish homes. This is one of many educational and social assistance projects of Shvut Ami, International Center for Soviet Jews/10 Belilius St.,PO Box 6141/Jerusalem, Israel, supported by The American Friends of Shvut Ami, 1025 Fifth Ave. #3 ES/ New York, NY 10028.

Sponsors can ADOPT A STUDENT by providing modest monthly grants to recent Ethiopian immigrants studying at universities in Israel. Contact North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry/165 E. 56th St./New York, NY 10022.

The Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Disease (FROST’D) is raising funds to establish a drop-in center and RESIDENCE FOR HOMELESS WOMEN and prostitutes, many of whom are HIV infected, on the Lower East Side in New York City. Send tax-deductible contributions to FROST’DI266 W. 12th St./New York, NY 10014.


RENEWING SHALOM: MOVING FROM THE COLD WAR TO ONE EARTH is a conference to be held Jan. 6-7 at Columbia University in New York City. Four topics will be discussed: ending the Cold War and nuclear arms race, creating a peace dividend, healing the global environment and reshaping relationships between Jewish communities. The Shalom Center/7318 Germantown Ave./Philadelphia, PA 19119.

FIRST WORLD JEWISH SINGLES HAPPENING is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 15-22. Contact Isram Tours/630 Third Ave./ New York, NY 10017.


Planning a trip to the Soviet Union? CARRY YIDDISH BOOKS in your luggage to deliver personally to Soviet Jews. Contact The National Yiddish Book Center/ Old East Street School/Amherst, MA 01002. A kit that describes eleven model synagogue programs that REACH OUT TO NEWLY ARRIVED SOVIET JEWISH EMIGRES, includes a pamphlet “101 Tips on Assisting Soviet Jews in Your Community,” $10 per kit, from UAHC/838 Fifth Ave./New York, NY 100211am.: Randi Locke.


LILITH LIVETH! For a special women’s literary event in Spring 1991, submit poems or short prose pieces about Lilith. Contact Henny Wenkart/Jewish Women’s Poetry Workshop/National Council of Jewish Women/New York Section/9 E. 69th St./New York, NY 10021.

“The Jewish Community Towards the Year 2000” is the theme of the fourth annual PHOTO AND VIDEO CONTEST, sponsored by the Association of Friends of the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Israel, and open this year to professionals as well as amateurs. Prizes include a trip to Israel. Submissions are due from overseas entrants by March 30, and April 30 for Israeli entrants. Send for guidelines to Beth Hatefutsoth Photo and Video Contest/PO Box 39359/Tel Aviv, Israel.

For an international collection of first-person writings by BATTERED WOMEN AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (women in prison of special interest), send photocopied journals or diaries up to 25 pages, letters, essays, even fragmentary accounts. Anonymity respected if requested. Send SASE. Miriam K. Harris, editor/PO Box 670-665/Dallas, TX 75367.

For a chapbook, please send poems about BIBLICAL OR MODERN JEWISH PERSONALITIES – especially women such as the Daughters of Zelophehad and Golda Meir — to Judi-isms/27 W. Penn St./Long Beach, NY 11561.

For an anthology by and about WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT THEIR (NON-INFANT) CHILDREN focusing on themes such as motivating forces/pressures, emotions experienced in the wake of such a “choice,” and/or reactions of people when custody is discovered or revealed, send inquiries or manuscripts of less than 20 pages to Diane S. Lebeuf/PO Box 92031 Mills College/Oakland, CA 94613.

For a special Summer 1991 issue of Passager: A Journal of Remembrance and Discovery on LETTER-WRITING send copies of letters written between 1690 and 1990. Passager publishes personal voices that speak of the challenge and wonder of the passage of time, focusing on old-age. Send submission with SASE to Passager, RB/University of Baltimore/1420 N. Charles St./ Baltimore, MD 21201.

BROOMSTICK, the national magazine by, for and about women over 40, invites all women over 40 to participate in their writing contest. Postmark deadline, March 30. For entry form and details send SASE to: Broomstick/Box 251 RD#1/ Uniondale, PA 18470.


The National Women’s Studies Association AWARD IN JEWISH WOMEN’S STUDIES will be given in 1991 to a graduate student who is enrolled for the fall semester and whose area of research is Jewish women’s studies. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 15, and are available from NWSA/University of Maryland/College Park, MD 20842.

A suggested text for a LIVING WILL, that requires consultation with a rabbi competent in medical ethics is available for $3 to cover postage and handling from The Union for Traditional Judaism/261 E. Lincoln Ave./Mount Vernon, NY 10552.

Interested in STARTING A YIDDISH CLUB? Correspond, exchange ideas with Henry Sher/343 Hampshire Dr./Ventnor, NJ 08406. To obtain a grant to fund CREATIVE JEWISH PROGRAMMING ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES – especially programs to promote understanding of the positive aspects of Israel — contact the North American Jewish Students Appeal/165 Pidgeon Hill Rd./Huntington Station, NY 11746.

A booklet offering guidance to congregations PLANNING SERVICES OR EVENTS TO INCLUDE BOTH DEAF AND HEARING PARTICIPANTS and a regularly updated directory of Conservative congregations which have some accessibility for the disabled are available from Department of Public Affairs, United Synagogue/155 Fifth Ave./New York, NY 10010. Also available is a video “Someone is Listening” about the experience of a deaf teenager who discovers his Jewish roots and ultimately prepares for his bar mitzvah.

Eligible senior citizens can receive FREE EYE CARE from a local physician and surgeon (ophthalmologist) who has volunteered services through the National Eye Care Project. For eligibility requirements and further information send your name, address and telephone number with a SASE to: The Jewish Heritage for the Blind/Outreach Program/PO Box 3361 Brooklyn, NY 11229.

Need a wall treatment for a college student’s bedroom? Write for a series of five free posters designed to PREVENT DATE AND CAMPUS RAPE. One includes the message “Against Her Will Is Against the Law,” From The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica Hospital/1250 16th St./ Santa Monica, CA 90404.

A helpful way to take the Sabbath on the road with you wherever you go, THE SHABBAT KIT includes Shabbat candles and holders, a kiddush cup, grape juice, challah cover, havdalah candle, spice box, tzedakah box, songster, all for $18 from USY Shabbat Kit/155 Fifth Ave., third fl./New York, NY 10010.

Colorful fabric art WEDDING CANOPIES and tapestries for synagogues and newlyweds are available from the artist Chuppahs by Shula/21 Capi Lane/Port Washington, NY 11050.

JUDAICA ARTWORK, TEXTILES AND JEWELRY by Ita Aber can be seen this season at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, FL, and the Wexner Heritage Center, Columbus, OH. For further information contact Ita Aber/One Fanshaw Ave./ Yonkers, NY 10705.

A catalog of holiday gifts with a wide range of ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE AND CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS is available from Ecco Bella/1-800-888-5320.

The JEWISH SOFTWARE CATALOG contains listings for Hebrew word processors, clip art, educational programs, Torah texts, Hebrew calendars, holiday programs arid games. $14.95 plus $1.95 shipping from Springwells Company/PO Box 12346/Boulder, CO 80303.

A three-week work-study SUMMER VACATION IN ISRAEL FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN, based in the seaside resort town of Nahariya, is offered by LEVI-B’nai B’rith Israel Commission/1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW/Washington, DC 20036. Also find out about their program for North American high school students to spend a year at a Kibbutz high school in Northern Israel.