Fall 2017

Paradoxes of Power

Powerhouse sisters rage over women’s suffrage. Defying the rules for widows. Mother, daughter and mental illness. A non-Jewish wife finds her place at the table. One woman’s divine body.

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How a Father’s Addiction Formed a Jewish Feminist


Was her father’s capitulation to heroin an unlikely model for her work? 

And Today…Helping Progressive Female Candidates Run for Office


Could providing website design services help more women run for office? 

Words That Hurt


A lawyer devoted to rescuing women, Becker finds out what their travails trigger in her own memories. 

A Family History of Mental Illness


Tenderness, pathology and fear bind this mother and daughter. 

The Paradoxes of Power: Female Edition


Maud Nathan and Annie Nathan Meyer were privileged and strong- willed Jewish sisters with very different views. One was a suffragist. The other founded Barnard and opposed women’s voting rights. Why? 

The Search Committee


fiction by Naomi Myrvaagnes 

A Place at the Table


What shifts for this non-Jewish wife, so that she rightfully claims her ritual role. 

My Body, Divinely


Overweight. Anorexic. Miserable. Then the author discovers, with joy and after decades of struggle, how to love the skin she’s in. 



A young widow disobeys all the rules about what not to do when you’re swimming through sorrow. And saves herself. 

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