Lilith FeatureVolunteerism: The Great Debate
The great debate
"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?