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Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Remembering Eydie Gorme

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

I’ve been listening to Eydie sing today, particularly a standout performance of a song from the 1966 musical Mame.  I dare you to listen to her sing “If He Walked Into My Life” here and not feel the expressive pull, the regret, the heartache as she hits every dramatic emotional nuance of this difficult song.  Not only is she technically right on the money, she nails it with aplomb and finish.  Listen to it, and I guarantee you’ll feel what Steve Lawrence felt about her: “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing.  While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.” 

How Do We Use Our Privilege?

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The struggle for social justice involves going beyond what is easy, taking actions that are often risky.  I find it helpful to have role models to remind me of the work that needs to be done and often is done by people of privilege. The Jewish Women's Archive website is brimming with just such role models—hundreds of examples of women who did not let their privilege positions keep them from taking courageous action. JWA gives us a look at how our foremothers reconciled the complicated relationship between privilege and activism.

Abigail Heyman: A Feminist & Photographer

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Growing Up Female: A Personal Photo-Journal by Abigail Heyman

Being a photographer is hard enough, and breaking down barriers of a male driven profession and world is even harder. Abigail Heyman was one photographer who did just that. Abby Heyman was a photographer with something to say, one who created work of consequence through brutally honest and personal photographs.  She wove her own identity—that of a woman growing up in a culture not always meant for women—into her photographs.

Pearl Lang

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I, too, was a Midwesterner transposed to New York, trying to find my own way in the rich and heady dance scene. I knew Pearl Lang had come from Chicago, where she was raised in a cultured but poor Yiddish-speaking family. Her breathtaking career as a Graham dancer meant she had toured the world. And she often performed with her own company, the Pearl Lang Dance Theater, at the famed 92nd Street Y’s theater, where I went for performances by modern dance legends and for Fred Berk’s Wednesday night Israeli folk dancing. But now I was going to Hunter to see Lang’s “Shirah,” which she created in 1960.

Friday Social Media BliNtz (Week 1)

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Hillary Clinton
Chicken Whole Roasted
Kid Blowing Shofar in Old City

Welcome to the Friday Social Media BliNtz-- it's like a media blitz, but tastier.

Here, on a virtual silver platter, are some current event noshes you might enjoy.

Shulamith Firestone, 1945-2012: In Memoriam

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Today’s news brought the shocking report of Shulamith Firestone’s death, at age 67.

First is the...worst?

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Sally Ride Rocket Ship

Sally Ride died on Tuesday at the age of 61. First American woman to go into outer space. The first. The very first. American. Woman. Astronaut.

Bye love. . .

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LTG with grandchild
LTG with her husband Herman, submitted by Jennifer Steinberg

As our July 4th week comes to a close, we at JWA close the circle on our Celebrate Fiercely Independent Jewish Women

Celebrating Gloria Stuart

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Deborah Thompson with great grandmother Gloria Stuart
Deborah Thompson's Book Butterfly Summers

It was fitting that Gloria was born on Independence Day. She was a firecracker: sharp, witty, energetic.

War, Motherhood, & A Little Cheesecake

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Mollie Weinstein in France, 1940s

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to work with your mother and learn about her life and in doing so discover a completely different person?

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