A taste of another world
Jewish women answer the calls of paganism, witchcraft and pre-Judaic female symbols. Lilith discusses Palestinian women working for peace. Feminist philanthropists put tzedakah where their personal politics are.Table of contents Get the issue
A taste of another world
TZEDAKAH “I am your witness” campaign raises relief funds to educate the public about atrocites in former Yugoslavia, supporting grass-roots women’s groups there to create their own communities for healing, and providing psychological and medical aid for women and children. The campaign is sponsored by Powerful Choices, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization founded and directed by... Read more »
Different Voices; Women And The Holocaustby Carol Rittner and John K. Roth Paragon House, 1993,$26,95 This book answers the question, “Where were the women?” This anthology draws attention to the specific, powerful experiences of women during the Holocaust. One subject covered in the special, often unrecognized, role women played in resisting the Nazi brutality. Extraordinary... Read more »
The Saturday Morning Murderby Batya Gur, HarperCollins,’92, $8,00 The Saturday Morning Murder, a whodunit, translated from Hebrew, takes place at the fictitious, highly reputable institute of Psychoanalysis in Jerusalem. (Batya Cur, a best-selling mystery writer, herself is married to an Israeli-trained psychoanalyst, and Is intimately aquainted with such institutes.) A young doctor, opening up the... Read more »
Fire With Fire: The New Female Power And How It Will Change The 21st Centuryby Naomi Wolf, Random House, 1993, $21.00. In recent years, feminism became “the F-word” that brought careers to a screeching halt. Women already on the corporate ladder learned, under threat of economic silencing, that “to get along, they had to go... Read more »
Women In Society; Egyptby Angele Botros SamaanWomen in Society: Israelby Beth Uval Marshall Cavendish, 1993, $22,95. when I tell people I teach about women in the Middle East, I get a common response: “Oh?” (raised eyebrows), “What women”” Judge Deborah, Queen Zenobia, and Sultana Shajar ad-Durr, for a premodern start. But really, I urge: the... Read more »
Portraits Of Palestinian WomenOrayb Aref Najjar University of Utah Press, 1992, $14,95. Palestinian women have long been neglected by both media and academia, states Orayb Aref Najjar; it is time that we listened to their stories. In Najjar’s Portraits many Palestinian women speak in the first person—rich and poor, educated, illiterate, politically active and politically... Read more »
Images Of Women; The Portrayal Of Women In Photography Of The Middle East 1860-1950by Sarah Graham-Brown Columbia University Press, 1992, $22,00. what is your mental picture of the Middle Eastern woman? A mute, veiled figure? A faded harem daguerrotype? It is these images and the realities behind them that Sarah Graham-Brown addresses in her study... Read more »
Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Storiesby Lila Abu-Lughod University of California Press, 1993, $12.00. Writing Women’s Worlds is an unforgettable experience. The stories of life in an Egyptian Bedouin extended family halfway across the world are as compelling as the confidences of a close friend. What makes this book magical is not only the content, but... Read more »
Change Within Tradition Among Jewish Women In Libyaby Rachel Simon University of Washington Press, 1992, $30,00. Taking an academic approach, Rachel Simon’s study of Libya’s Jewish population provides a feel for the lives of a markedly different group of Middle Eastern women. Simon’s work spans a period from the late 1800’s to i967, when anti-Jewish... Read more »
Many Jewish urban Libyan families in the last one hundred years did not allow their daughters to step out of the house until they got married. Thus, in Ottoman Tripoli there were no public occasions, save one, in which marriageable youth could see each other, and consequently, the preparations for this event were abundant. …... Read more »
Lot’s daughter tells her autobiographical tale of Sodom—-one that is clarifying, frightening and courageous.
A bowl of oil, specials foods, and ancient rites. In present-day Istanbul and Izmir, women from Sephardi families still honor their past.
After last season’s historic handshake, and press coverage of Middle Eastern men, Lilith asks: Who are the Palestinian women working for peace? What are their hopes?
All charitable giving intends to change the world. But the female philanthropists profiled here really want to shake things up, and they’re putting their tzedakah right where their personal politics are.
As Jews we’ve been taught to shun paganism, amulets, and "false" gods. But what about the pull of goddess imagery, witches, and pre-Judaic earth-centered female symbols that call to such women as Margo Adler, Starhawk and ...maybe you?
This year a group of over 700 girls and 750 boys in grades one thru six at five different private schools in Southern Florida, including one Jewish day school, were asked if they would like to see a girl become president. The majority of the girls, including the Jewish girls, responded with a resounding “yes.”... Read more »
“The Survivor,” a play by Susan Nanus, had its first life ten years ago as a Broadway production focusing on the life of a young man who managed to survive the Holocaust. Rewritten by Nanus, and directed by her sister Sasha Nanus, the play now tells the story, very movingly, of a group of teenagers... Read more »
The Women Cantors Network (WCN) was founded in 1982 by Debbie Katchko-Zimmerman to provide a support group for what was then a small minority of women cantors working in the Conservative movement. This group recently presented an exceptionally varied three-day conference at Gratz College in Philadelphia, in which I participated. Over 40 women attended, from... Read more »
TOO BAD if you missed “Women in the Rabbinate: Dynamics of Change,” the Jewish Theological Seminary’s celebration of the tenth anniversary of its Rabbinical School faculty’s decision to ordain women as rabbis. Thirty five women rabbis (out of a total of fifty) traveled from everywhere to be there, and their presence, their individuality, their learnedness,... Read more »
Artist Leah Lynn Rosen of “Yetzirah Pottery” has created a triptych entitled, “Warzone / Blessing Shields.” After losing a dear friend to breast cancer, Rosen writes that, “I thought about areas that need our blessings and protection.” The breast plates memorialize the struggle against AIDS, homophobia and breast cancer. In discussing the breast cancer shield,... Read more »
For the first time in modern history, Jewish women from around the world will gather in Kiev, Ukraine, where a five-day International Conference of Jewish Women, titled “Reconnecting for the First Time,” is scheduled for May 23-27, 1994. The conference is being held in Kiev in order to reach the more than one million Jewish... Read more »
Rabbi C. Ariel Stone, the first American liberal rabbi to accept a full time position leading a congregation in the former Soviet Union began her new assignment on September 1st. Rabbi Stone was invited to serve Congregation HaTikvah during a visit to Moscow and Kiev last year. She was delighted with the invitation—but didn’t think... Read more »
London’s Jewish women have successfully launched plans to establish England’s first refuge for Jewish women and children who experience domestic violence. “It’s one thing to tell someone that they shouldn’t go outside the community for help,” lane (not her real name) told LILITH, “but having said that, it is wrong that there are no services... Read more »
“My head hurts, maybe it’s because of my tooth. My stomach also hurts, and so does my heart,” bemoaned the young Ethiopian woman. The nurse at Hadassah’s Center for Community Health in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Yovel was confounded. So many complaints at the same time. She asked the patient to describe her problems... Read more »
GUYANESE COURAGE Reading Red Diaper Daughter (Summer 1992) reminded me of Janet Rosenberg Jagan, the American-born wife of the first Prime Minister of Guyana, where I was born. As Janet was white-skinned and her husband was Indian, they faced considerable racism. As communists, the couple fought the British for independence throughout my childhood. The British... Read more »
For Jewish girls on a varsity junior high team at a Long Island high school, ugly stereotypes surfaced this Fall during a field hockey match. Their opponents from another school pushed them around, calling them “dirty Jews” and “JAPs.” The administrators at the school with a majority of Jewish students cancelled the rest of the... Read more »