Spring 1991

I.B.Singer’s soon-to-be-famous sister. Why 12-step recovery programs fail women. A ritual for your hysterectomy. Turning 40, with a twist. Israeli filmmaker Gila Almagor emerges from her mother’s Holocaust past.

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12 Stepping It: Women’s Roads to Recovery

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My Mayflower Moms: Sarah, Rebecca, Bella


Whose roots? Mayflower WASP Julia Wood Kramer tells what she’s learned about herself while tracing her Jewish husband’s family tree.

Gila Almagor


Gila Almagor is one of Israel’s foremost actors. She has appeared in over 35 feature films, and has ten times won Israeli “Oscars” (called “David’s Harp” awards) for best actress. In 1990, she was selected “Best Actress of the Decade” by the Israeli press. Among her more memorable roles in the Israeli theater are Peter... Read more »

Turing Life Into Art


Three Artists Reveal Themselves in Their Work: Ruth Weisberg, Nancy Grossman, Kathryn Jacoby

A Feminist Tells How


In my re-working of the 12-Steps as a counselor and professor of pastoral care, I believe not only that we need to encourage more pluralism and more gender (and minority culture) consciousness in these programs, but also that a feminist Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) program might make an idea implicit in A. A. — the role... Read more »

A Psychologist Tells Why


The first self-help book I ever read was called Always Ask a Man, by Arlene Dahl. It was written at a time when women were explicitly encouraged to offer men narcissistic protection by feigning weakness, dependency and incompetence. “Never upstage a man!’ Dahl advises. “If you smoke, don’t carry matches!’ “Never launch loudly into your... Read more »



"Mom, I met a new man." The unexpurgated account of a single Jewish female's phone conversation with a mother who grows up too.

The New World


An eerily autobiographical short story about a newborn daughter—an infant whose realities fail to live up to her own prenatal expectations

Esther Singer Kreitman


An uncommon glimpse into sibling politics and the hidden dynamics of Eastern Europe’s famous literary family. Shy don’t we know about the sister?

Nancy at 44


Our correspondent, Nancy Helman Schneiderman, searches for a way to register an involuntary change: how to mark her hysterectomy.



EDITH STEIN REMEMBERED I read with great interest Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer’s article on Edith Stein, the German Jewish woman who became a nun [Winter 1991]. Border crossers are frequently treated with interest and curiosity, and it may be important to realize that people cross the border in both directions. I was a Catholic nun for ten... Read more »

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