Resources for Jewish Women


Better child care is the subject of CHILD CARE IN JEWISH FAMILY POLICY. The booklet provides practical advice on getting involved in lobbying for child care. $1 from The American Jewish Committee/Institute of Human Relations/165 East 56th Street! New York, NY 10022.

A series of PRO-CHOICE GUIDES showing women in non-profit organizations how to conduct pro-choice campaigns has been developed by the National Council of Jewish Women. The set ($35 to non-NCJW members) includes education program ideas, social action and community service strategies. NCJW/53 West 23rd Street/New York, NY 10010.

A 16-page ADVOCACY RESOURCE BOOKLET “Prochoice: Make the Case, Know Your Facts” presents statistical information on abortion, a brief history of abortion rights and an account of recent legal developments. $2.50 each from Program and Public Affairs Department/B’nai B’rith Women/ 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW/Washington, DC 20036.

AIDS: OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS JEWS is a curriculum unit for high school students dealing with the moral and social responsibilities of the Jewish community and how individuals can help and comfort AIDS patients. Free to CAJE members. For membership information and a list of publications write to: CAJE/261 West 35th Street, 12A/New York, NY 10001.

Taking the FruitModern Women’s Tales of the Bible, A New Edition, is a collection of 23 MIDRASHIM — imaginative interpretations of Biblical text — written by contemporary Jewish women. The 107-page paperback is $8.95 from Woman’s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education/4079 54th Street/San Diego, CA 92105.

Dimensions, A JOURNAL OF HOLOCAUST STUDIES, publishes essays, articles, reviews and an international calendar of events, three times a year. $5 per issue, $12 for one year, $20 for two years. International Center for Holocaust Studies/Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith/823 United Nations Plaza/New York, NY 10017.

Planning Jewish cultural events and celebrations? Consult the listings in an ARTISTS DIRECTORY, $17 including postage. United Jewish Ys of Long Island/55 Marietta Hill Rd./Plainview, NY 11803.

Shelters, services and educational resources appear in BATTERED WOMEN’S DIRECTORY (9th Edition) and the 1989 US Listings Supplement available together for $12. Directory/ Terry Mehlmanl 5173 Turner Road/Richmond, IN 47374.

SEPHARDIC HIGHLIGHTS is a free monthly newsletter listing social and educational projects of the American Sephardi Federation! 515 Park Ave. Suite 515/New York, NY 10022.

A new RECONSTRUCTIONS PRAYERBOOK for Shabbat evenings features a gender-neutral English text, new Hebrew and English liturgy, musical notation for many songs, as well as an alternative Amidah (silent meditation) written by Marcia Falk. The 246-page softcover book is $13 from Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot/Church and Greenwood Avenue/Wyncote, PA 19095-1898.

Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School by Rabbi Mindy Avra Por-tnoy with drawings by Shelly O. Haas is a children’s book about BECOMING A JEW BY CHOICE. Hardcover $10.95, paperback $4.95. Kar-Ben Copies/6800 Tildenwood Lane/Rockville, MD 20852.

To help identify your allies in local, state and federal governments, check out the NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF WOMEN ELECTED OFFICIALS, 1989, prepared by the National Women’s Political Caucus, free on written request from Allene Roberts/Philip Morris Companies, Inc.1120 Park Avenue/New York, NY 10017.


A new cassette, “Abundance’,’ features SONGS OF CREATIVE JEWISH LITURGY, $10 plus $1 postage, from Shefa Pelicrow/c/o Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Church Rd. & Greenwood Ave./Wyncote, PA 19095.

“CHANUKA AT BUBBE’S” is a videotape with puppets and songs suitable for Jewish and interfaith audiences of all ages. Videotape: $24.95 plus $3.50 shipping and handling; audio tape of songs only: $8.95 plus $1.50 shipping and handling. Classic Telepublishing/AA Fulfillment I P.O. Box 3722/New York, NY 10185.

Facets is a non-profit arts organization that has a large selection of international JEWISH FILMS for mail-order purchase or rental. Facets Video/1517 West Fullerton Avenue/Chicago, IL 60614.


Qualified VOLUNTEER PROFESSIONALS are being sought to develop Jewish educational, cultural, social and religious programs for periods of six months to a year in Casablanca, Bombay and other Jewish communities in need. Travel and housing expenses are provided. JDC-Jewish Service Corps, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee/ 711 Third Avenue/New York, NY 10017.

A free service to those with vision problems, TALKING BOOKS, has a newly expanded list of books of Jewish interest recorded on cassette tapes. Jewish Braille Institute “Talking Books” 1110 East 30th Street/New York, NY 10016.

If you’re interested in a group forming in New York, ANIMAL RIGHTS IS A FEMINIST ISSUE (ARFI), contact: Batya Bauman/ 212-866-6422.

HANDCRAFTED DREIDL with a canvas pouch, Israeli coins and a booklet of instructions and history of the game, ($14.95 plus tax and $3 shipping, $3 for personalization) is the first offering of two sisters and their mother who create original handcrafted Juda ica. Nurit, Inc.1842 Fiske Street/ Woodmere, NY 11598.


Women’s stories about their MOTHERS’ DEATHS are sought for an anthology. Send SASE for information or contributions by December 31, 1989. Helen Vozenilek/P.O. Box 181 Berkeley, CA 94701.