Resources for Jewish Women


Remembrance: A Shiva Service, written by Arlene Said-man and Louise Chandler, is an adaptable, non-sexist, Jewish service intended for family and friends in mourning. The booklet is available for $3.50, from:
Nashim Press, P.O. Box 15543, San Diego, CA 92115

Women and Tallit: Jewish Women and The Ritual of Prayer, a booklet prepared by the Social Issues Group of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain, includes a brief guide to the laws and customs concerning tallit (prayer shawl) and tzitzit (fringes), as well as the personal reflections of several women. The booklet can be ordered from:
The Reform Synagogues of Great Britain, The Manor House, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY, England

Sarah’s Daughters, a book of photographs by Arthur Leipzig, celebrating Jewish women, published by Women’s American ORT, is available for $25 plus $5 postage and handling. Also available are sets of 36 postcards for $8 per set, or two for $15. Prepaid requests should be sent to:
Women’s American ORT, 315 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010

The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology, a revised and expanded edition of the collection of essays, stories, memoirs, poems and interviews, edited by Melanie Kaye/ Kantrowitz and Irena Klepfisz, will be available in June from:
Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2800


“The Fruit of Her Hands,” is a 54-minute, color video, written and directed by Susan Obrow. The video portrays four modern Jewish women searching for role models, and celebrates the achievements of Devorah, Beruriah, Gracia Mendesa, Gluckel von Hamlen, Emma Lazarus, Emma Goldman, Chana Szenes, Ida Kaminska, and Golda Meir. The video is available for purchase for $49.95 plus $3 postage and handling, (California residents add $3.25 sales tax):
The Fruit of Her Hands 11693 San Vicente, Boulevard, Suite #103 Los Angeles, CA 90049

“Sounds of Creation: Genesis in Song,” an audio cassette by Randee Friedman, is available for $9.95 plus $2 postage from:
Sounds Write Productions, Inc. 6685 Norman Lane, San Diego, CA 92120

“Joyce at 34” directed by Joyce Chapra and Claudia Weil, about filmmaker Chapra juggling the demands of infant, husband and career, will be screened May 10; “Anou Banou: The Daughters of Utopia,” (Hebrew, English subtitles) directed by Edna Politi, featuring six women who are socialists, Zionists and feminists comparing their hopes and dreams upon arriving in Palestine in the 20’s to their lives 60 years later, will be shown May 24 by the Jewish Women’s Resource Center Film Festival. For further information contact: Jewish Women’s Resource Center, National Council of Jewish Women, NY Section 9 East 69th Street New York, NY 10021

“Yidl Mitn Fidl” (Yidl with a Fiddle) and “Mamele” (Little Mother), both featuring Molly Picon, and “A Brivele der Mamen” (A Letter to Mother) are pre-World War II Yiddish film classics on video cassette. Each portrays conflict and transition in the changing world of Eastern European Jewish women. They are available for sale from:
Ergo Media Inc., P.O. Box 2037, Teaneck, NJ 07666


Skidmore College, in consultation with the American Jewish Committee, will be offering three summer seminars: “Creation, Covenant and Wisdom: A Biblical Perspective,” on July 9-15; “God, Israel and the Meaning of Life: The Mind and Heart of Maimonides Judaism,” on July 16-22; and “Re-Imaging Jewish Christian Relations,” on July 23-29. For further information contact:
Skidmore College Office of Special Programs Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


“Feminist Transformations” the eleventh annual conference of the National Women’s Study Association, will be held June 14-18, at Tow-son State University in Maryland. Contact:
NWSA ’89, Towson State University, Towson, MD 21204

“Empowering the Vision: Tikkun Olam and Spirituality,” is the theme of the third P’nai Or Kallah to be held July 3-9. For information, contact:
Greg Burton, P’nai Or Kallah, 6723 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119


Kayama is an unaffiliated lay organization, dedicated to the preservation of Jewish social unity. Their Jewish divorce administration provides an opportunity for Jewish divorcees of all affiliations to obtain a universally accepted Jewish divorce or get. For information: Kayama, 1490 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230

The first memorial to Jewish heroines of the Auschwitz Resistance, to be built at Yad Vashem, will honor four girls hanged in front of the rest of the prisoners for supplying the explosives used in a revolt which resulted in the destruction of two gas chambers, making further gas killings there impossible. Donations to cover the cost of the undertaking may be sent to:
Sarah Ehrenhalt, 5 Nordau, Ramat Gan 52464, Israel


The staff of Beth Hatfusoth, the Jewish Museum of the Diaspora are beginning to plan for a new wing of “Contemporary Judaism.” To assist them in including women and the feminist movement in Jewish life, please send suggestions for suitable art, photos, documents, films and music. Individual artists may send pictures of their work. Write to:
Rachel Schmold, Contemporary Exhibit, Beit Hatfusoth, Tel Aviv, Israel

“L’Chaim,” a mail order business specializing in gifts and resources for celebrating Jewish life, is looking for new items to sell through its catalog. Artists, composers and authors who have items which they would like to have distributed, as well as individuals interested in receiving a catalog, contact:
Cindy Sarah Kohn, 6445 Greene Street, C-104, Philadelphia, PA 19119