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Spring 1989/5749

Family systems: pioneer therapist Olga Silverstein on life, love and Jewish identity; Harriet Lerner on sisters. Chicken farmers of southern New Jersey. Campus life for Jewish women. Gender in Jerusalem.

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“The Playpen of the Patriarchs”

Why we needed a conference on the empowerment of Jewish women

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E.M. Broner

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On the last day of the conference, there was a demonstration — one of faithful women — at the Kotel (Western Wall of the Second Temple), for morning services and Thursday Torah reading. A group of 60 to 70 women including such young women as a psychotherapist from Brazil and a statistician from Paris left... Read more »

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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I grew up in a family that argued about everything from halacha (Jewish law) to Henry Wallace. This background taught me three principles: 1) certain issues are serious enough to fight about; 2) relationships between people can survive their differences; and 3) to be Jewish is to be disputatious. Jews argue because we care. Or as my... Read more »

Bella Abzug

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As Jews and as feminists ours is the task of self-definition. We’re here today to discuss how to define the needs, state the objectives and commit ourselves to the changes that are necessary in the family, in the workplace, in the political arena and within the Jewish tradition to accomplish the kind of world we... Read more »

On the Arts

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A review of Barbara Lebow's hit drama "Shayna Maidel" and the playwright's earlier work, a drama about how a Caribbean family was similarly sundered.

Down on the Farm

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From the late 1920’s, Jews were chicken farmers in southern New Jersey. Here is a first-hand account of what life was like for girls and women—-the community’s enveloping support, the tragedy of early death and living with a stepparent, the pains of physical ardors.

Amsterdam to Auschwitz

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A historian born in Westerbork explores the romance and the suffering in the remarkable diaries of a mercurial, moral and passionate young Dutch intellectual who chose to die in the Holocaust.

Campus Life for Jewish Women

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For the first time anywhere, a roundup of what life is like for young women at 18 colleges, along with a checklist of what to ask about the next time you visit an undergraduate institution.

Sisters and Other Family Legacies

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The author and her sister were given the best of everything, even in a family that couldn’t afford much, including psychotherapy from the age of two! What life as like for two daughters raised not just to "find someone" but to "be someone."

Olga Chats

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Olga Silverstein, a pioneer in the field of family therapy, gives her iconoclastic views on life, love and Jewish identity in an interview with Susan Schnur. 

Lines of Communication

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JEWISH WOMAN CAUCAS To the Editor:Thank you for the information on the Jewish Women’s Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association [Kol Ishah, Winter 1989]. The caucus has a mailing list of 500 members — far more than the 60 members you stated. The caucus publishes a semi-annual newsletter and meets at the annual NWSA conference... Read more »

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