What happens when you put women at the center of every story – as Lilith magazine has been doing for more than 45 years? Join Susan Weidman Schneider, editor in chief of Lilith magazine, and Adas Israel’s Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt in conversation about Lilith’s groundbreaking Jewish feminist fiction collection, Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women. Don’t miss these two frank feminists discussing the power of fiction and what that means for Jewish women. Edited by Schneider and Yona Zeldis McDonough, Frankly Feminist will be available for purchase, and Schneider will be signing books after the talk. Feminist fare (afternoon refreshments) will be served.
Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women (Brandeis University Press; 2022), the first-ever anthology from Lilith magazine, is a unique amalgam of insight and activism that reflects Jewish women’s lives today. The collection explores transgressive loves; deepening connections; political turmoil; abortion; fear of loss; and struggles with fertility, finding community, and decoding family life.
Susan Weidman Schneider, one of Lilith’s founding mothers, has been Editor in Chief since the magazine launched. Her writing about Jewish women’s philanthropy, the Jewish stake in abortion rights, the persistence of gender stereotyping, and more have been credited with moving the needle on feminist change in the Jewish world. She is the author of Jewish and Female: Choices and Changes in Our Lives Today and Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living With Differences Between Christians and Jews; and co-author of Head and Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Independence.
Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is Co-Senior Rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. Among many accolades, Rabbi Holtzblatt has been celebrated by the Forward as one of the 32 most inspiring rabbis in the country and was named one of Jewish Women’s International’s “Women to Watch”. She serves on the national board of Avodah and the joint steering committee of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.