Lilith Feature“The Playpen of the Patriarchs”
Why we needed a conference on the empowerment of Jewish women
PUBLICATIONS Remembrance: A Shiva Service, written by Arlene Said-man and Louise Chandler, is an adaptable, non-sexist, Jewish service intended for family and friends in mourning. The booklet is available for $3.50, from: Nashim Press, P.O. Box 15543, San Diego, CA 92115 Women and Tallit: Jewish Women and The Ritual of Prayer, a booklet prepared by the... Read more »
Anne Frank: Life in Hidingby Johanna Hurwitz, illustrated by Vera Rosenberry Jewish Publication Society Young Biography Philadelphia, 1988, 62 pp. $10.95. Why write a biography, when Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl is so eloquent, spirited and accessible to young readers? In telling this story in the third person and the past tense, Johanna... Read more »
Jepthe’s Daughter by Naomi Ragen, Warner Books, New York, 1989, 368 pp., $18.95. Once I began Jephte’s Daughter, I knew I had to finish it in one sitting — I sensed the impending tragedy of domestic violence — a story with which I am too familiar. I wanted to see how Naomi Ragen would describe... Read more »
Naomi Ragen, a freelance journalist who has been living in Israel for twenty years, had begun and abandoned several novels. And then something so dramatic happened that she could put off her destiny no longer. A Hasidic woman living across the street killed her only child and commited suicide. What circumstances could have caused the... Read more »
The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival in Argentinaby Alicia Partnoytranslated by Alicia Partnoy with Lois Athey and Sandra Braunstein Cleis Press, PO Box 8933, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, 1987, 136 pp., $7.95 You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exileedited by Alicia Partnoy Cleis Press, 1988, 258 pp. $9.95 Alicia Partnoy... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Between them, Edda Fried and Ann Weinstein have had 80 children. Fried and Weinstein, both in their fifties, are foster mothers through the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) Foster Home Division, an agency of New York’s UJA-Federation. The association places children ranging in age from infants to teenagers and pays the foster family a monthly... Read more »
Annette Daum, longtime LILITH Advisory Board member and an innovator in the field of interfaith dialogue, died in Syosset, NY on December 19,1988 at age 62. Annette, a master teacher who developed non-sexist curricula for Jewish schools and created alternative, non-sexist liturgies for religious services, wrote the “The Jewish Stake in Abortion Rights” [Issue #8].... Read more »
A widely acclaimed program for teaching public school children about the Holocaust is under fire from some right-wing female leaders in America. Because of this, it has also been denied funding by the U.S. Department of Education, which supports more than 400 programs to schools. According to Margot Stern Strom, the executive director of “Facing... Read more »
In a move to reverse its decrease in membership (from 200,000 in 1969 to 136,000 in 1987), B’nai B’rith International is reorganizing and admitting women as full members. Prior to a September 1988 ruling, women who wanted to participate in B’nai B’rith activities joined B’nai B’rith Women, a parallel organization with 120,000 members. Now, some... Read more »
I went to the Soviet Union to visit refusenik families and found that in a country where citizens are afraid to organize, ordinary women do extraordinary things. For women in refusal, even baking a cake is an act of defiance. At every refusenik family’s home my husband, three other travellers and I, were greeted with... Read more »
A group of men who consider themselves “recovering sexists” have written their own egalitarian Passover seder to “help rectify the original injustice in the world that took place against women.” According to Dr. Jack Stanzler, the “Feminist Interest Group” of the New Jewish Agenda chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, also wrote the seder to welcome... Read more »
The newest export from Israel — a kibbutz manufactured depilatory appliance imported to the U.S. by three South African Jewish sisters — is now vying with the Israel Defense Forces for the tiny metal spring necessary to its production. Epilady removes body hair to a “revolutionary new way,” according to promotional materials. The product tears... Read more »
Comedian Lotus Weinstock entertains on Friday night because her work — making people laugh on Shabbat — is performing “a mitzvah.” This was just one of the comments heard during the third annual conference on Creator and her Creation: Jewish Women in the Arts held in November 1988 in Los Angeles. Panelists Judith Margolis (painter),... Read more »
Women denied visas to emigrate from the Soviet Union must endure the fear and frustration of living as refuseniks, says Yelena Dubienskaya, a former refusenik and one of the founders of “Jewish Women Against Refusal.” Dubienskaya, at a recent program in Philadelphia, told how women must cope both with their own and their husbands’ loss... Read more »
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 »
You’ll notice in this issue of LILITH something very different: a map through the maze of Jewish and women’s issues that confront young Jewish women (and those counseling them) when they face those crucial college decisions. There are plenty of books and listings that tell about other aspects of campus life. What no one has... Read more »