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The great debate
Old Ceremony, New Resource An old tradition in southern Germany, the Hole Kmashe ceremony for the newborn baby girl, was rediscovered by researchers at the new Jewish Women’s Resource Center in New York City. The tradition in the Frankfort area was to invite friends to celebrate the birth. Children lifted the baby’s cradle saying: “Hole Kraasche.... Read more »
Periods of Stress, by Irena Klepfisz. Distributed by I. Klepfisz (P.O.B. 56, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY, 11215), $2 plus 55* postage. Checks payable to author. This is a strong, honest and highly readable first book of poetry. The poet shares her pain with us, in universal terms so that we can identify with her.... Read more »
Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy, by Dan Rottenberg. Random House (1977), $12.95 Some time before Dan Rottenberg’s excellent guidebook to Jewish genealogy was published, I half-successfully traced and recorded more than two centuries of my direct ancestry after a few hours of conversation with certain relatives and several afternoons in the New... Read more »
The Maimie Papers, Ruth Rosen, Historical Editor, Sue Davidson, Textual Editor. The Feminist Press, in cooperation with the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College (1977), $15.95 hardcover; $6.95 paper. The Maimie Papers tells the poignant story of one Jewish woman’s struggle for survival. The writer, Maimie Pinzer, overcame a past of poverty, prostitution and drug addiction... Read more »
"You don’t look Jewish," she was told. Her grandmother had taught her that this was no compliment.
The much-publicized "docu-drama" projected the subliminal message that only assimilated Jewish men, like its hero Rudi, can fight—-and survive. It is no accident that none of the Jewish women in the TV mini-series was allowed to be heroic-—or to live. A feminist critique.
Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel through the eyes of a poet.
A photo memorial of Gail Rubin, 39 years old when terrorist bullets ended her life. With her acute appreciation of the world, she found elegance in everything she photographed.
The volunteer organizations are a ghetto where Jewish women are warehoused to safeguard the male monopoly on money, power and status.
A community activist with 27 years in Hadassah believes the organization’s leadership excludes its members from decision-making the way men traditionally excluded most women.
A 31-year veteran of the National Council of Jewish women argues that the organization’s members are strong on social justice but "weak" in commitment to their own sex.
In their early years, the major Jewish women’s organizations were not only revolutionary but responsive to Jewish women’s needs. How did the current "good works" come to mean ignoring women’s needs?
The rabbi who took us there said that the Jewish men prisoners across the road had been incredulous. “What are nice Jewish girls doing in a place like that?” The place is the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, the only state prison for women in New York. The Jewish women are nice. And what they’re doing... Read more »
Dear Editors: Since some of the propaganda for larger Jewish families is based on my analysis of the data I would like to make the following comments: A 1957 sample survey run by the U.S. Bureau of the Census made it possible for the first time in a long time to make fairly accurate comparisons... Read more »
Sh’ma, a bi-weekly “journal of Jewish responsibility,” claims to welcome diverse points of view in its examination of political and moral questions. Yet Sh’ma devoted most of two consecutive issues— December 9,1977 and December 23, 1977—to a debate on abortion which excluded women. Four male rabbis and one male professor pondered whether poor women deserved... Read more »
Irma Levy Lindheim (April 10), age 91. Lindheim, a former president of Hadassah (1926-28) who settled in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek at age 47, was author of Parallel Quest: A Search of a Person and a People (1962) and Immortal Adventure (1925). Born into a German-Jewish family, she studied at the Jewish Institute of Religion as... Read more »
Science Dr. Ora Grafstein, recipient of science award given by former President of Israel Ephraim Katzir in memory of his brother; Dr. Judith Resnick, one of six women NASA is training to be astronauts. Arts and Letters Zelda Mishkovsky, Israeli poet, awarded Tel Aviv municipality’s Bialik Award for Literature: Rachel Fishman, recipient of Israel’s Itzhak... Read more »
MOSCOW—Feb. 17, 1978 Scene: The living room of Grigory and Natalia Rosenstein. The table dominated the room. It was laden with those special dishes which mark the celebration of the Shabbat in Jewish homes throughout the world. We numbered 22— six Refusenik couples, the two Rosenstein children, and English, French and American visitors who had... Read more »
Ida Nudel, “guardian angel” of the Soviet Prisoners of Conscience, has been exiled to the village of Krivosheino in Siberia and is living in “primitive and hostile surroundings,” according to information received by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. Nudel was sentenced to four years’ internal exile on... Read more »
[Editor’s note: The following report from the North American Jewish Students Network convention last winter in Toronto is strictly an assessment of how important Jewish feminism is for the students from throughout the United States and Canada who attended the convention. It is not a report on the major developments that occurred there.] TORONTO– I... Read more »
A new amendment to Israel’s 1949 law on army service enables a woman to obtain an exemption simply by declaring before a religious or civil judge that she observes kashrut (the Jewish dietary laws) and the Sabbath. If a young woman cannot in good faith make such a declaration, but still objects to serving on... Read more »
“Adam gave names not only to all the living animals, but to human reality as a whole. We have to give reality new names, names that reflect our truth as women.” With these words Myra Glazer Schotz of the Beersheba Women’s Health Collective opened the first national feminist conference, held in Israel May 1. Women... Read more »
New York —A “consultation” on sexism in Jewish education was held last February under the auspices of the American Jewish Committee in New York. Chaired by Dr. Gladys Rosen of the Committee’s Jewish Communal Affairs Department, the gathering— entitled “Portrayal of Girls and Women in the Texts and Curricula of Jewish Schools” —brought together educators,... Read more »
Fifteen states, as of this writing, have failed to ratify the proposed ERA amendment. They are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. The following Jewish organizations have committed themselves not to hold conventions in unratified states: American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Association... Read more »
Over 250 Jewish women, coming from as far south as Los Angeles and as far north as the Oregon border, participated in the Bay Area Jewish Women’s Conference and Arts Fair January 28. The Conference commenced with a morning Shabbat service, continued into the afternoon with 16 different workshops, and concluded with an outdoor Havdalah... Read more »
The Rabbinical Assembly’s Commission for the Study of Women in the Rabbinate will meet the first week in December in New York City to work toward a final recommendation on whether women should be ordained as Conservative rabbis. The commission’s final report will be presented at the Rabbinical Assembly’s 1979 national convention in Los Angeles,... Read more »
While the Conservative movement debates the acceptability of women as rabbis, the chairman of its Rabbinical Assembly Delegation to the National Jewish Welfare Board’s Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy has endorsed the request of a woman Reconstructionist rabbinical student to participate in the U.S. Army’s seminarian program for future chaplains. Although Jewish chaplains are still 100%... Read more »
A record total of 75 women are studying for the rabbinate in Reform and Reconstructionists seminaries this academic year, according to a Jewish Telgraphic Agency survey. Stanley Saplin, associate information director for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), reported that a total of 209 students are registered for rabbinical studies in the Reform... Read more »
One in every three Jewish women in the United States is a member of at least one Jewish women’s organizations—a higher percentage than the national average. The significance behind these large numbers— one million in the U.S. —Is twofold: First, any shift in the policies or programs within these organizations is going to affect a... Read more »