Literature

Harry Potter: Four progressive lessons for the Jewish Community

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Last weekend the eighth and final Harry Potter movie hit theaters. In the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling created a magical alternate universe.

"Irene": A collection of stories and poems from a life lived courageously

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Irene Levine Paull

Her writings are archived in the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minneapolis Public Library has a chair in her name.

Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: A new look into the lives of the Cone sisters

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Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel
Claribel Cone, Gertrude Stein, and Etta Cone

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s and 60s, we got our doses of high culture at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Domestic Abuse: “That Doesn’t Happen Here”

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I confess that even at age 26, my usual reading list consists of young adult science fiction novels, usually set in the future (see: The Uglies series, The Hunger Games series, The Mortal Instruments series, and so on. Stop judging me – I want to be a YA author!) Recently, though, I challenged myself to break out of my comfort zone and read a few more adult novels, which led me to “The Murderer’s Daughters.”

New York's Big Day

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Donovan's Big Day

We were thrilled to see gay marriage pass in New York this weekend, just in time for the release of Lesléa Newman’s new book, Donovan's Big Day. Lesléa Newman is the author of the classic children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, which has helped a generation of childern see their families represented in the books they read. Her new book takes the work a step further by familiarizing the experience of watching one's parents get married.

Women who frame our world

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Beverly Pepper and Carol Gilligan

Who are the women who frame our world? A small gathering of about 100 women met in San Francisco last week to hear from an array of leaders in the creative arts.

Q&A: Joyce Antler on "Women's Liberation and Jewish Identity"

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I first read the Joyce Antler’s book The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America as an undergraduate, deep in the thrall of Jewish feminist academia.

Graphic Details: Interview with Vanessa Davis

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"Toys in Babeland" by Vanessa Davis

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is the first museum exhibit to explore this unique niche of autobiographical storytelling by Jewish women. The touring exhibit, sponsored by The Forward, features the work of 18 Jewish women artists. The Jewish Women's Archive is interviewing each of the artists about their work and their experience as a female, Jewish graphic artist.

Remembering Netiva Ben-Yehuda

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Netiva Ben-Yehuda
World Dictionary of Hebrew Slang

Many years ago I was sitting in a kibbutz dining hall in the north of Israel. One of the older members, a woman, was reminiscing about the equality of the sexes that supposedly existed when the kibbutz was founded.

Graphic Details: Interview with Laurie Sandell

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The Imposter Daughter by Laurie Sandell (1)

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women is the first museum exhibit to explore this unique niche of autobiographical storytelling by Jewish women. The touring exhibit, sponsored by The Forward, features the work of 18 Jewish women artists. The Jewish Women's Archive is interviewing each of the artists about their work and their experience as a female, Jewish graphic artist.

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