How a whole lifetime can be signaled in a single garment.
How a whole lifetime can be signaled in a single garment.
Learn Liturgical Dance. Movement in religious education? Choreography on religious themes? Dance—a tool for community building? Find all three in a program to train movement specialists for religious institutions. Joanne Tucker, Avodah, 243 5th St., #9, Jersey City NJ 07032; (201)659-7072; firstname.lastname@example.org Gildin Yiddish Book Scholarships enable full time students of Yiddish to purchase books from the National Yiddish... Read more »
This first novel, a romantic saga making its way through the Holocaust, tells the story of a vibrant young woman, a rabbi’s daughter, whose first, doomed love is for the artistic younger brother of their family’s Polish Christian cook. In a failed attempt at damage control, her father arranges what turns out to be a... Read more »
FICTION New York Stories: Kate Wenner’s Setting Fires (Scribner) follows a New York filmmaker investigating two fires that dominate her life….Lynn Sharon Schwartz’s In the Family Way (Haiper Perennial) peeps in on the sexual and social lives of an extended family in a building on the Upper West Side. Historically Speaking: Nomi... Read more »
Though American readers may not be familiar with Lasker-Schuler’s poetic output, a new edition, Star in My Forehead, should quickly acquaint us with her astonishing literary gifts. The youngest of six children, Else Lasker-Schuler was born in the Rhineland in 1869 and spent her youth in Berlin. Though trained as a painter, she soon turned to poetry,... Read more »
Emblematic of the struggle with the memories and the tugging demands of an Orthodox Jewish past are the writings of Ruth Knafo Setton. Her writings are reminiscent of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s or Shalom Aleichem’s in telling the stories of the immigrant with one foot in the old country and a few toes in the new.... Read more »
Whenever I go into Jewish bookstores, I’m fascinated by what seems to be a new type of Jewish literature by a group of women considered to be the most silenced in Judaism—the ultra-Orthodox. These women, mostly known for their large families and absence from public Jewish ritual, are publishing volumes of child-raising advice, essays and... Read more »
Susan Weitzman’s new book, Not to People Like Us, Domestic Abuse in Upscale Families, is an excellent primer on the fundamentals of partner abuse: what it is, what are the signs and symptoms, theories of causation and interventions. It is also a fascinating examination of a significant segment of abused women, those from what she calls “upscale... Read more »
Have you ever been told you look just like Barbara Streisand? She's been the metaphor for so many things Jewish and female. As she retires, a scholar/fan reflects on the myth.
Five years after my mother and grandmother sat together in that sunny garden, I sat in the audience as my mother, who was being honored as the Moseley Scholar of the Year at Skidmore College, delivered a lecture on the topic of literary biography. I listened spellbound as my mother spoke with wisdom, passion and authority,... Read more »
Which is more valued: a clean house or a completed dissertation? The balabusta or the professor? Two generations of women discuss the tensions.
A wise-for-her-age 13-year-old holds her bat mitzvah in a nursing home, where the elders help her deal with loss and change. She has some great ideas for them, too.
Warsaw is seeing a backlash of anti-Semitism and anti-feminism. Here, meet some of the outspoken Jewish women leading the charge for tolerance.
Plus...Oregon’s new legislation on "open adoption" and an update from Roseanne Barr on reuniting with the baby she gave up
The author’s history is a tangled web. After years of lies, he discovers he is the child of his mother’s love affair, adopted- not conceived- by the man who raised him. Here, adapted from his new book, Eleanor’s Rebellion, he begins to uncover the betrayal that began it all. Nineteen seventy-five. I’m standing on another line.... Read more »
The woman who gave birth to me did so in a very different age. lt was the 1960s, and my arrival was what would now be called an out-of-wedlock birth. At the time the language was firmer: I was “illegitimate.” That label meant that the woman who gave me life could never be called simply, “mother.”... Read more »
Julia Query and I are wandering through a brick housing complex built by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in Manhattan. Query, who needs a set of keys to get into an apartment to get her luggage to leave for her flight back to California in 45 minutes—long story—is blissed out. Out on the sidewalk, she... Read more »
In a year when every vote counted, there were at least 800 new voters registered thanks to the living-room efforts of a handful of Jewish women in New York City. J-Vote was conceived by twenty-something Erika Katske and a few friends because of their “despair about all of the apathy we were seeing around us.” “A lot... Read more »
Amid political upheaval in Peru, efforts to free American journalist and activist Lori Berenson from a Peruvian prison may have taken a small step forward this season. A Supreme Military Council of Peru nullified her life sentence. This fall, the Peruvian government admitted that Berenson was never a leader of a terrorist group, that she should not... Read more »
It was a banner year for Jewish women political candidates, who in large numbers took on incumbents in Congress, though with mixed results. In a bid for Senate, Michigan Democratic congresswoman Debbie Stabenow unseated Republican Spencer Abraham (at half his cost) while stumping for a patient’s bill of rights, lower prescription drug costs and protecting Social Security.... Read more »
Attempts to foil Laura Schlessinger’s anti-gay rhetoric and her new TV show this fall took a Jewish turn in large part thanks to the efforts of Robin Tyler, the national protest coordinator for stopdrlaura.com and longtime comic, producer and gay rights activist. In the name of Jewish Orthodoxy, Schlessinger has used her radio presence to promote... Read more »
The New York City Labor Day parade is a major family event. Kids running everywhere dripping ice cream. People carrying banners, balloons and flags. Lots of flags, bearing old familiar initials: UNITE, UAW, UFT and, more prominent this year, SAG, the striking screenactors’ guild. There are firefighters, cops, autoworkers, garment workers, sheet metal workers. This year... Read more »
Wild About Laura What’s wrong with “Dr. Laura” is not, as Sarah Blustain asserts, that she is “promoting the agenda of the Christian Right” (“The Stealth Politics of Laura Schlessinger,” Summer 2000). What’s wrong with “Dr. Laura” is that she violates the central tenet of all religions. The Golden Rule: Do unto others, as you... Read more »
I lost my husband nine months ago. Another woman lost her teenage son. One woman lost her sister. Two women lost their fathers when they were children and didn’t learn until decades later how. These losses were all suicides, and I meet my fellow suicide survivors at a monthly “drop-in” support group, M’kom Shalom: A Place of... Read more »
From the initial living room gatherings of the 1970s, feminist seders have grown to a national phenomenon. According to new estimates by Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project of the JCC on the Upper West Side, as many as 18,000-20,000 people—primarily women—are attending women’s and feminist seders each year. Ma’yan, whose own series of feminist seders featuring... Read more »
My mother had breast cancer nine years ago, and ever since has been suggesting to my sister and me that we acknowledge that her cancer could have been genetic. Did we want to be responsible for our own health care and “do something” about it? Frankly, no. I wanted to forget what we had been through... Read more »
The newly created Trust for Jewish Philanthropy announced this fall that its first initiative would be to address the barriers that have created a “dramatic imbalance” for women in Jewish leadership. With $I million in seed money from philanthropists Barbara and Eric Dobkin, longtime supporters of LILITH, the New York-based project—entitled “Advancing Women Professionals and the... Read more »
Old they may be, but the residents of The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale still want sex, intimacy and privacy. And the Home wants to help them. In an innovative document, formally called “Policies and Procedures Concerning Sexual Expression at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale,” the Home has created what amounts... Read more »
Did we all share the fantasy that Arab women and Jewish Israeli women could “do peace” better than the guys at Camp David? Dream on. An international conference on Female Sexuality was scheduled to take place in Turkey this fall as a forum for discussing women’s rights and sexuality issues in the Middle East. But after... Read more »
What was she really like? It’s a paradox for me. She read Anais Nin, but believed that not wearing lipstick was a crime against nature. My mother was a Canadian-born woman of immensely sophisticated tastes in music and theater, literature and painting, ideas and dress. Despite all this, upon hearing of any potential disaster, she would plead under... Read more »