Lilith FeatureAfter the Fall: (Re)Telling the Story of Reform Judaism
I knew this culture and its silencing all too well.
I knew this culture and its silencing all too well.
My conversion and my disability intersected in surprising ways.
Meet I.B. Singer’s unknown writer sister. Tune into Season Two, Episode Five of theatre dybbuk’s podcast The Dybbukast for a deep dive into Lilith’s 1991 short story “The New World,” written almost a century ago by Esther Singer Kreitman (translated from the Yiddish by Barbara Harshav). You’ll hear excerpts from the story and a discussion... Read more »
On March 18th, 1922, Judith Kaplan became the first girl in the U.S. to celebrate a bat mitzvah. JWA documents the many ways this momentous occasion inspired Jewish girls and women, ushering in a new era of female synagogue leadership and the demand for inclusion in previously gender-exclusive rituals. jwa.org/batmitzvah100
From Black Jewish journalist Collier Meyerson, “Love Thy Neighbor” is a fiveepisode podcast that explores the Crown Heights Riots—a four-day protest in 1991 that pushed back against local racism, policing and antisemitism. A young child at the time, she witnessed the protests and their aftermath from the perspective of her father, a civil rights lawyer.... Read more »
Jewish musical artist Lily Henley explores a combination of American folk and Sephardic sound. Her upcoming album “Oras Dezaoradas,” is “a collection of brand new Judeo-Spanish Folk Songs highlighting feminine perspectives on transience, heartbreak and autonomy.” Listen to her music at lilyhenley.com/music.
From RespectAbility comes the Jewish Disability Inclusion Toolkit. This comprehensive list of tips, suggested language and information on accessing disability accommodations is perfect for classrooms, camps, synagogues and social events of all kinds! It even features resources for inclusion in various Jewish holidays, such as the Large Print Haggadah from the Jewish Braille Institute. Read... Read more »
Writer Mira Miller notes, “As a religion, Judaism is constantly evolving and changing… And yet, our ritual objects remain old-fashioned, sexist and stuck in the past.” Montreal-based Jewish potter Sarah Dolin creates what she conceives as feminist Judaica, like her baby foot-washing bowls for use during a baby’s naming ceremony. sarahdolin.com
On view now from the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History: Air and Sunshine, Tuberculosis in America’s Jewish Communities, a digital history of the disease that attacked Jewish communities at staggering rates. And it was a Jewish doctor who made the discovery that TB is a bacterial infection. The exhibit illustrates examples of public... Read more »
Following their 2022 “Repro Shabbat.” Moving Traditions now offers a comprehensive guide for educators and students on the Jewish stake in abortion access, and it’s wider social impact. The guide includes stories about abortion experiences, informational and interactive handouts, video links, articles and a script for teachers with discussion questions. Free at movingtraditions.org/reproshabbat2022.
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s Womanhouse, a revolutionary feminist art installation at Cal-Arts in 1972, created by Chicago and Miriam Shapiro and local artists, such as Faith Wilding. The project was part of Chicago and Shapiro’s pioneering feminist art program and it featured the transformation of a run-down house into a space... Read more »
The Golden Peacock: The Voice of the Yiddish Writer is a bilingual, multi-genre compilation of Yiddish literature with a rich assortment of poetry, song and prose from a variety of writers reading their own work. Among the notable women here: Celia Dropkin, Rokhl Korn, Kadya Molodowsky and Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. The Yiddish is followed by readings... Read more »
Hungry for more gender-inclusive Jewish liturgy? The Inclusive Siddur Project has created Siddur Davar Hadash, a new prayer book inspired by the Nonbinary Hebrew Project. Not only has the text been reimagined to disrupt the gender binary, but it also features new language to combat prejudice of all kinds. Much of the content is free... Read more »
The Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning presents: #TJHTalks, a series of virtual lectures from guest-speakers on various topics of interest to the Jewish community. Their 23rd episode features a conversation with Dr. Katarzyna Person and The Taube Center’s Helise Lieberman about Rachela Auerbach, the Ukrainian Jewish journalist who documented, endured and survived the... Read more »
Here’s a new platform for Black, Mizrahi and AAPI Jews to share their stories, with the goal of increasing understanding while combatting antisemitism and racism. The first episode features Carolivia Herron, writer and Howard University professor, discussing her journey to Judaism. (For more from Carolivia Herron, read her short story in Lilith’s fall 2020 issue—“The... Read more »
Calling all Kitchen Sisters fans! After more than 40 years of recording, beloved public radio producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, have found a home for their extensive archive at The Library of Congress. Their award-winning content features “stories from the b-side of history”—everything from lesser known culinary traditions around the world, to untold stories... Read more »
This is a poem of deep, complex, controlled anger ... It is also—read carefully—a poem of deep love.
Illuminating the creativity, commitment, and vision of 24 women who were “firsts” in their time.
I have had four pregnancies. I have two children. Two of my pregnancies ended in miscarriage, and the other two resulted in the greatest joys of my life. But all four were a burden—emotionally and physically, personally and professionally. Right now, the constitutional right that protects pregnant people’s ability to make our own decisions about... Read more »
Liv London was in her early 40s when she was first introduced to the sewing circle. “I understood this was something important that I wanted to be part of,” said London, now 70. Today, she is the organizer of the group of eight Norwegian Jewish women who carry on the ancient tradition of sewing shrouds... Read more »
Hope Nankunda is fighting to keep young Ugandan girls in school and away from marriages until after they turn 18… “Most of the challenges they share’ have a lot to do with sexual abuse, with being forced into marriage in exchange for food, especially in the lockdown,” said Nankunda, the founder and executive director of... Read more »
Life doesn’t happen one thing at a time, where you’re just grieving someone, and then you’re on bed rest, and then you have difficulties in your marriage. These things all happen, and often at the same time. I was recently talking with a friend of mine, and we came to the conclusion that life doesn’t... Read more »
Standup comedy. You probably recognize it from various Netflix “hour-long specials”— it is the part-time gig I want to turn into my dream job. As an amateur woman comedian from a Chinese-Ashkenazi-White Bread heritage, I don’t approach or experience standup in the same ways as my white guy friends. At an open mic, I’m usually... Read more »
In this series of reflections, two activists consider, in partnership, their reactions to the hostage situation in Colleyville. “It had become clear that the person holding hostage those in the synagogue was Muslim, and while I listened to the Psalms with prayers in my heart for the safe release of the hostages, my mind also... Read more »
I think about this a lot. And I’m thinking about it again: the sprawling idea of “Russia,” the black hole out of which artists and scientists crawl against all odds and never look back, the bottomless pit of cartoonish accents and fur hats. My first language was Russian, and I don’t know what to do... Read more »
Some years ago, though I lived out of town, I still attended a very liberal synagogue in Chicago. One day I went there for services, and the subject at hand was race. We were given a presentation as well as some information on paper. After that, we were split up into groups to have our... Read more »
The only things I recognized were my turquoise dress and the sandals I had worn the day I went into hiding.
Is a memoir a worthy project of someone whose life has no particular dramatic hook? For a writer of considerable talent like Jami Attenberg, I’d argue that yes, it is.
Young adult fiction you don't want to miss this spring.
Dreams do not speak from stone tablets in a voice of authority. They whisper in fragmented images, like a mosaic. They show us facets, faces, shards of the real.
In Cooking alla Giudia (Artisan Books, $40), Benedetta Jasmine Guetta, an Italian-Jewish food writer, explores the roots recipes of the Jewish food of Italy. (Note: do not read this cookbook on an empty stomach!)
What if this world was just God’s first draft, soon to be destroyed so He could have another go? That's how Pure Colour, The latest novel by Sheila Heti, begins — and it is not the novel's only conceit.
As we reluctantly think about life after Roe, I expect many of us will repeatedly turn to this book.
Is she being a slut? Will she end up an old, unwanted spinster?
Jewish patriarchal prayer is obsolete, even criminal, so the nagging feminist question remains: How can we throw out the bathwater but keep the baby?
How to address the imminent transition of a woman in her 70’s, living on her own, choosing to move out of the permanence and stability of her own home, opting for change?
"Striving to bring a voice to the sense of erasure that we experience on our bodies and identities in the name of love."
The pandemic’s persistent, complicated uncertainties and losses douse any confidence we might have had in planning ahead...And yet, despite these disorienting forces, I’ve felt grounded in some provocative conversations, in a good way.
Nadia noticed that Ellie added a page that had something to do with Russia to her bookmarks. Was this a sign of a new understanding between them? Now in Australia, a Russian Jew looks back both at the anti-Semitism that chased her from her natal land and the long-ago love for its soil that perfumes some of her naive, hope- soaked memories.