Fall 2013

Our reproductive selves: a powerful foremother; a ritual for abortion; I.V.F. grief; Generation Midwife,  and more. Women architects on “relational creativity.” And who are those women fueling all the game-changing Jewish energy in Los Angeles?

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Lilith Feature

Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration

Gender and genius

Lilith Feature

Why L.A.? Why Women? And Why Now?

Los Angeles women are changing Jewish life right now

Lilith Feature

Our Reproductive Selves

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A Ritual for Abortion


Brucha Aht Rachamaima, sheh’ozeret lanu, livchor chayyim. Amen. Bless You, Rachamaima, Compassionate Nurturer of Life, who helps us choose life. Amen. I was on the abortion table when this prayer... Read more »

At 40, “Fear of Flying”


Though initially categorized as smut, the screaming, liberating voices of this body-and-soul narrative can’t be silenced. Find out why. 



It was just a little tourist jaunt: We drove our cool cousin from America to see the seashore, the beach, and then the working girls along the coastal road pale... Read more »

Right to Left


That first night, the most interesting part of my Hebrew language class is learning why people are taking a Hebrew language class. “You’re too old to be forced by your... Read more »

A Lady and Her Bicycle


In which our heroine discovers an 1890s Jewish cycle star.

Marcia (Marty) Cohn Spiegel: A Trailblazer for L.A. Women


Spiegel made her mark as one of the first to write about abuse and alcoholism in the Jewish community, when the prevailing approach to those topics was denial and silence.... Read more »

Mayim Bialik: Exposing Herself While Dressing Modestly


Actor Mayim Bialik, currently starring in television’s #1 sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” (and former child star of “Blossom”), is having an influence on Jewish life beyond L.A. She blogs... Read more »

Suzanne Tracht & Racelle Rosett: The Ultimate Seder — Food and Storytelling to Understand Who We Are


Chef Suzanne Tracht, a Fine Dining Hall of Fame inductee, grew up in Phoenix, where her family kept kosher and held their seder around the (well-dressed) family ping pong table.... Read more »

Generation Midwife


Not Generation Roe, Not Generation I.V.F.Meet the Twentysomethings of Generation Midwife  Susan Schnur: You’re 29, you went to Oberlin and Stanford for undergrad, you worked at a non-profit in China... Read more »

Don’t Say “VAGINA”


Forty years ago, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S., justifying it as a “right to privacy” under the 14th Amendment. There is no express right to privacy in... Read more »

Generation I.V.F.


At age 50, I am an official member of Generation I.V.F., having grown up after the Pill and Baby Boomer feminists revolutionized women’s reproductive choices and lives. We watched as... Read more »

Ambivalence: When the Abortion on the Table Is Your Own


At the age of 40, partnered and with two small sons, I discovered that I was unintentionally pregnant. We had recently moved cross-country, bought and renovated a house that turned... Read more »

Abortion Foremother


I came of age in New York City in the 1960s, and I became a child of one of the greatest social revolutions in history, at a time when it... Read more »

Jews, Women, Architects. At the Same Time.


Architect Esther Sperber, the daughter of a Talmud scholar, draws on the poetics of space as well as creative problem-solving—two of architecture’s key concerns—for her work with Jewish organizations and... Read more »

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