Why a fabric artist cut up all her parents’ clothes.
Why a fabric artist cut up all her parents’ clothes.
MOBILIZE Want to shape the Jewish world? The Professional Leaders Project will provide twenty-somethings with professional and volunteer leadership opportunities in the Jewish nonprofit sector. If you’re in this age group—or a Jewish professional of any age—interested in finding out more, contact Rhoda Weisman at www.jewishleaders.net Mean girls— and boys. We know that students who fail to live up to classmates’... Read more »
Serah was still a child when Joseph’s brothers asked her to sing a little song for her grandfather, Jacob. For Joseph had sent his brothers to bring the House of Jacob to Egypt, because of the famine in the land. Then Joseph’s brothers had to find a way to break the news to Jacob that Joseph... Read more »
Sitting at a Chinese restaurant, 33-yearold Brooklynite filmmaker Debra Kirschner confides, “You know, it’s such an uphill battle to be ‘found’ as a filmmaker.” So instead of waiting to be found, she decided to well…find herself The result is her first independent feature film, “The Tollbooth” (2004). With Maria Sokoloff (from “Dude Where’s My Car” and other films)... Read more »
In an article on Esther Singer Kreitman in the Spring 1991 issue of Lilith, Clive Sinclair asks about the sister of famous writers LB. and I.J. Singer, “Why do so few of us even know her name? Why is her work either lost or out of print?” Thanks to The Feminist Press, this question will now... Read more »
In many ways, The Outside World by Tova Mirvis (Knopf, $24) reads as a classic coming-of-age story—but with an important twist. Usually the adolescent protagonist discovers, completely on his or her own, that the world is more complicated than it had seemed in childhood. (Think Holden Caulfield, or Huck Finn.) However, as Mirvis’ novel reminds us,... Read more »
Kiystyna Poray Goddu, a writer and editor specializing in toys, gives us succinct but satisfying chapters outlining the lives of several preeminent doll makers in Dollmakers And Their Stories: Women Who Cltanged The World Of Play (Hemy Holt and Company, 2004, $17.95). Of particular note is Bertha Alexander Belmnan (1895-1990) eldest daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants who settled... Read more »
For all that has been published about the Holocaust, little has been written about Europe’s Gypsies—the “smoke brothers” of European Jews, as one character says in this novel. First published in England, where it won a Writers Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain, Fires in the Dark (Harper Collins, $24.95) is the first in a series Louise... Read more »
In 1980, researcher Rochelle G. Saidel made her first trip to the Ravensbruck concentration camp on the recommendation of one of Lilith’s founding editors, Aviva Cantor. Designed specifically for women prisoners, Ravensbruck had gone virtually unmentioned in the Holocaust literature written in English, a fact that Saidel has now corrected with the meticulously researched The Jewish Women... Read more »
Canada is home to someone whom Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel calls one of the best Yiddish writers today.’ Wiesel is talking about Chava Rosenfarb, an international prizewinner for her poetry and fiction. In her new book, Survivors: Seven Short Stories (translated from the Yiddish by Goldie Morgentaler, Cormorant Books, Toronto, 2004, $24.95) Rosenfarb’s characters piece together their lives after... Read more »
The prop jet left Idlewild Airport in New York carrying my parents and me on our two-week visit. A precocious fifth grader, I had been given a travel diary, in which I dutifully recorded our itinerary. Today, hardly touched since, leather cover crumbling, it stands upon my bookshelf I open to the first entry: “Date: April... Read more »
On returning from Israel, I find myself committed to stand firmly...exactly where I had been before
Charlotte Newberger Poetry Contest - Third Place
Charlotte Newberger Poetry Contest - Second Place
Charlotte Newberger Poetry Contest - First Place
The vertigo came early this year, catching her by surprise. She wasn’t expecting the a chiness in her bones and the swirl of her head until about a month later, when the actual anniversary was upon her But the moon’s cycles pulled her down like a tide. And one night she sat at dinner and suddenly felt... Read more »
Foregoing a pulpit for political work on Chicago’s mean streets.
Erlich, a physician, introduces us to "pre-vivors," young women wrestling with a family legacy they never expected.
Jennifer Traig wanted to be a good Jewish girl. Her religious convictions were hijacked by her compulsions.
Some Hasidic men, despite no newspapers or T.V., learn to question. Escape routes for women follow a different path.
Behind women’s masks of perfection ("My kids are wonderful. My life is happy. Feminists are wrong.") having to keep even tiny transgressions (like reading books in English, or flirting in a bar) from the eyes of the neighbors.
Four years ago I celebrated my first Thanksgiving. I remember sitting on a metal park bench outside of my grandmother’s apartment building trying to find the right words to describe how thankful I was for her generosity. It was a windy day and fallen leaves were spinning in circles on the surface of the white stone... Read more »
A group of high-octane women gathered recently in New York City for a panel entitled “Airbrush This!” Exploring the consequences of how females are portrayed in the media today were Elaine Lafferty, editor of Ms. Magazine; Claire Mysko of Girls, Inc.; mommy-wars author Sylvia Hewlett, radio personality and reporter Karen Hunter and writer Catherine Orenstein. The conversation began with “The Stepford Wives,” the... Read more »
As a girl in Lithuania, Irena Veisaite spent more than two years in the Kovno Ghetto. Separated from her parents—her father had fled the country and her mother was shot during the first weeks of the war—she suffered from cold, hunger, and fear of the murderous roundups that claimed the lives of thousands of inmates... Read more »
“Where have the men gone?” asked reporter Rachel Zoll in an Associated Press story appearing in the Washington Post. Zoll presented data that females outnumber males in leadership positions in the Reform movement, the most liberal branch of Judaism. “Men just don’t know where they fit in,” she quoted Doug Barden as saying. He’s the executive director of the... Read more »
I felt a deep need for purification after the Bush election. I had done my best, working for three weeks as a volunteer for the Kerry Campaign in Akron, Ohio. When it was over, I wanted to rid not just my mind but my body of the Bush Campaign. The ritual of the mikvah felt... Read more »
In the mid-1970s, Karen Ramos, a divorced Jewish mother of two, was living in New York with a man she’d met working in the garment district. When he asked her to bring envelopes of his “textile samples” from home, she unsuspectingly complied. The envelopes, as it happened, contained cocaine, and the transaction was photographed. Under New... Read more »
Sandy Kobrin reports that surgery to reshape the labia and other areas of the vagina is picking up fast, according to plastic surgeons such as Dr. Pamela Loftus of Boca Raton, Florida. While some women undergo the operations to improve comfort, many want to conform to ideals set by the porn industry. In a cover... Read more »
Sexual assault crisis centers in Israel took 21,000 calls in the first nine months of 2004, Ruth Sinai reports in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. Nearly 5,600 of the calls were initial appeals from women reporting they had been raped or sexually assaulted in some other manner. Sinai’s piece continues: “More than one-third of the victims—some... Read more »
Brazilian Jewish filmmaker Daniela Broitman set out to give voice to poor Brazilians struggling against drug wars, violence, and challenges from the Brazilian government, its police force, and global corporations. Her 70-minute documentary, “Voices from the Edge—The Favela Goes to the World Social Forum” (made with Fernando Sails), introduces us to community leaders from the slums of Rio... Read more »
First, Myla Goldberg struck gold in print with her debut novel, Bee Season. Published by Doubleday in 2001 with an iconic Webster’s Dictionary-like cover, the book earned a handful of awards for fiction and accolades for its multi-layered story of a Jewish family in distress. Now, nearly four years later, Goldberg’s masterful storytelling is due to hit the... Read more »
A study that came to us through the Israel Feminist Forum reveals that successful companies chose male candidates for executive positions, while “businesses that were in trouble chose women.” A teartl at England’s Exeter University discovered that “women were offered senior posts because they were better at handling business crises. This led to women being... Read more »
It’s chilly out now, at least here in the northern hemisphere, and thoughts turn to warm things—human relations (even pet relations) and, for me at least, food. Aside from the very concrete pleasures of greenmarket shopping and festive meals, I’ve had intellectual pleasures with food this season too, triggered by my participation in a highly entertaining and... Read more »