Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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JEWISH VALUES:
Many of the Women Who Dared have integrated Jewish values into their pursuit of social justice. Some learned these values from their families and were motivated by them to become activists; other women were already activists before they discovered a Jewish context for their work.


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There's a verse in the bible that says "you shall not stand on the blood of your friend" which literally means you donít stand by and watch somebody else in pain or suffering (Fayge Siegal) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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Right from the beginning we were always growing and changing, responding to what was needed ...More 
- Ruth Abrams   View Biography


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[Being discriminated against] definitely shaped what I do now, it shaped my career, which is looking at discrimination and human rights abuses. And a lot of things have ...More 
- Lynn Amowitz   View Biography


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An important person along the way was Al Axelrod, the rabbi at Brandeis. Both [myself and my future husband] got pretty close to Al Axelrod, who was a very social activist Jewish rabbi. And then I guess I saw a way of being able to make a connection ...More 
- Renee Brant   View Biography


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Although I wouldn't say that all my activities are exclusively Jewish, I think that the Judaism that brings it all together. ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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I think [my parents] brought me up so the way I feel was a perfectly rational adaptation of the way they felt. And although I'm more of an activist than they would ever have thought of being, what I'm concerned about is what they were concerned about. ...More 
- Peggy Charren   View Biography


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[I]t's always been a big part of my family-helping others, tzedakah-it's always been a very much talked about issue ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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Jewish values that are my priorities are the social mitzvot that have to do with other people more than those that have to do with my private rituals. It is the mitzvot that have to do with how I treat other people, how I relate to other people. How what I do in life affects other people. ...More 
- Ruth Clarke   View Biography


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They [Refuseniks] had a tremendous effect on me, tremendous effect. ...More 
- Pamela Cohen   View Biography


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I think the bottom line of a spiritual journey is to be able to experience yourself as someone of real worth. And I think that's necessary for political expression. ...More 
- Merle Feld   View Biography


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I feel like one of the stronger things I grew up with as a kid was some sense of fighting for social justice ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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My parents were very, very involved in the Jewish community of Lowell, Mass. ...More 
- Shannie Goldstein   View Biography


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I was really involved with breast cancer activism before I really thought about that as Jewish social activism. Back in the early 1990s, I worked for a woman who ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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When I decided that it was an issue that I was a lesbian and that I was Jewish, I went to a rabbi at my temple and I asked her, can I be Jewish and gay? And she said ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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So much of the kind of more socialistic aspects of the social justice movement have been Jewish that it gets associated ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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"Everything that I do and think is so strongly imbedded in my identity as a Jew..." ...More 
- Idit Klein   View Biography


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I think culturally I'm very Jewish... And I feel very connected to the whole tradition of arguing the world, of arguing the truth ...More  Audio available
- Margaret Lazarus   View Biography


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I've looked for a way for my own social, political, spiritual feelings to be expressed more in a Jewish venue. I haven't quite found that ...More 
- Sally Mack   View Biography


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I do [see my activism as related to Jewish values]. It is that point of simpatico between Judaism and the African-American experience that I find so intriguing ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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I guess my spirituality includes kinds of traditional Jewish ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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I just see my Judaism as just such a basic part of me ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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To go back to Jewish principles or religious principles ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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I would say we were Reform to Conservative; not so observant, but with a very strong Jewish identity ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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I really believe in rebuilding the community, giving back ...More  Audio available
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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I have never made a speech of any consequence where I haven't told everybody that I was Jewish. ...More 
- Ruth Rothstein   View Biography


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For me, Judaism is about celebrating freedom. It's about moving people from darkness to light; it's about enabling people to be everything they can possibly be, in this time, in this time, in this space. ...More 
- Madalyn  Schenk   View Biography


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My family was not a religious family. ...More 
- Florence Schornstein   View Biography


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It would be very hard for me to separate my whole moral compass from what I take from the history of the Jewish people. ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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I feel very strongly Jewish and guided by being a person of the book, an academic, as well as having a strong feeling for tzedakah and giving. So my Judaism definitely influences my work. ...More 
- Abby  Shevitz   View Biography


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I do [see my work as connected to Jewish justice values.]... It seems to me that the activism and the commitment to environmental justice and social justice comes from ...More 
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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I feel like there is no way to separate anything I do from my Jewishness. I feel very Jewish. Any time I'm loud and vocal, I feel Jewish. ...More  Audio available
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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There were only forty Jewish families in the town of 22,000 inhabitants. ...More 
- Marion Stone   View Biography


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"My Jewish identity growing up was something that was not explicit in the context of social action." ...More 
- Pamela  Sussman Paternoster   View Biography


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"What I learned that I was able to transfer to my work, was dignity in being white." ...More 
- Pamela  Sussman Paternoster   View Biography


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I think, Pidyon Sh'vuyim, "rescuing the captives." ...More 
- Marillyn Tallman   View Biography


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I think that a tenet of Judaism is accepting the stranger, and I see this as a demonstration of that. Judaism certainly supports human values, and accepting gays is certainly a demonstration of that. ...More 
- Mollie Wallick   View Biography


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I thought that if you had to see an injustice, you would have to talk about it, you couldn't just stand there. ...More 
- Miriam Waltzer   View Biography


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Unwittingly, I really have incorporated a lot of the moral beliefs that were embedded in me into what I am currently doing even ...More 
- Gertrude Webb   View Biography


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[We grew up] I think totally intertwined with the Orthodox ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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Bikur Holim is visiting the sick and doing chesedim [deeds of loving kindness] ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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My husband and I as a family are more observant in terms of Jewish traditions than we were growing up. ...More 
- Jill Weinberg   View Biography


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I was the only Jew in my dorm, and I wanted to be kosher, so I decided I was going to be kosher and I wrote a letter to the administration asking for kosher meals, cause pork was served... ...More 
- Anita Weinstein   View Biography


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"I thought all Jews had responsibilities for other people — that it was like brushing ones teeth, or going to school." ...More 
- Judy Wolf   View Biography


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"A year ago I was at a CJP [Combined Jewish Philanthropies] Women's Division meeting." ...More 
- Sue Wolf-Fordham   View Biography


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It's really hard to separate [my work and my Jewish values]... because I'm a whole person who takes me wherever I go. ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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I think that being Jewish has had an impact on my ability to be bold in situations ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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I definitely do [see my activism as related to Jewish values] although I didn't start doing the work I do because I made some connection in my mind ...More 
- Rebecca Young   View Biography