Exhibit: Women Who Dared
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From political dinner-table discussions to family holiday celebrations to personal experiences of injustice, many such formative moments rooted the activist impulse in the Women Who Dared. The stories they were raised on and the historical events they lived through helped them imagine the social change they wanted to effect.


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I was never an activist, but my parents have always been the kind of people who have many guests at their Shabbat tables that most donít wantó-not guests to entertain, but people who are disturbed, on the fringes of society, very needy people. (Fayge Siegal) ...More 
- SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse)   View Biography


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[My grandmother's] influence only was that she wanted her sons to go to college and her granddaughters to go to college ...More 
- Ruth Abrams   View Biography


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Why [I got involved in human rights work] is probably because having listened to my relatives, which I loved to do - listening to what happened in Russia ...More 
- Lynn Amowitz   View Biography


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"My grandmother, my mother's mother spoke Ladino." ...More 
- Rita Arditti   View Biography


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I was working at Camp Pembroke. My father visited and he saw me reading from the Chumash. He said, 'Why don't you sing it?' I said, 'I don't know how!' He said, 'I'll send you a tape.' ...More 
- Hadassah Blocker   View Biography


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My family is very Jewishly connected... Firstly, and I think most importantly we are very Zionistic. ...More 
- Elana Brownstein   View Biography


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[McCarthyism] did [have a big impact] on the whole family. We thought our phone was being tapped. We belonged - as did a lot of people - to all those organizations that were on McCarthy's enemies list ...More 
- Peggy Charren   View Biography


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The family is 100% shomrei shabbat ...and strongly Zionist ...More 
- Rebecca Chernin   View Biography


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I was taught that religion is not meant to be a 'comfort.' Rather, religion is meant to be a 'challenge...' ...More 
- Ruth Clarke   View Biography


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I think what I got from my parents was a very strong sense of moral responsibility. I think I got from my mother a very strong sense of communal and personal responsibility. ...More 
- Pamela Cohen   View Biography


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I grew up in a home where my parents were politically conscious and politically active. ...More 
- Vicki Gabriner   View Biography


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My father was a family practitioner, delivered babies on kitchen tables... ...More 
- Shannie Goldstein   View Biography


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My grandmother on my father's side was very social action oriented. She grew up ...More 
- Judi Hirshfield-Bartek   View Biography


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Since I was 12 I went to the women's spirituality conference with my mom at the JCC and that was always so powerful. The first time I went ...More 
- Shulamit Izen   View Biography


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[My grandmother] has all these different observations about how the country changed. And it's an interesting thing to look at ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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My mom and dad both are really interested in social justice issues and bigger ideas of ...More 
- Hannah Jukovsky   View Biography


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"An important part of my identity growing up in my family has been being from Israel and the fact that we left Israel. That was always very significant." ...More 
- Idit Klein   View Biography


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My dad was a member of the Young Socialists in college and my parents were very active in the [teacher's] union. And they were also very active in progressive - what we now term anti-racist - work... ...More 
- Margaret Lazarus   View Biography


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Being African American in the United States is the experience of being the other and being outside. And being Jewish, has some simpatico with that. However, being Jewish in Brookline ...More 
- Susan Maze-Rothstein   View Biography


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[My] great grandmother, Molly [Lifshutz] and her sister Fanny [Lorber] came to this country ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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My mother [Betty Luby Cole Waghelstein] has always been active ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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My grandmother [May Luby] was also a volunteer ...More 
- Shelley Morhaim   View Biography


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In Russia, because of the situation of anti-Semitism, a lot of Jewish people tried to hide from their children their identity, which wasn't the case in our family. ...More 
- Galina Nizhnikov Veremkroit   View Biography


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My father grew up very religious. He went to the Talmudical Academy ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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My father worked primarily for the Department of Housing and Urban Development ...More 
- Marla Oros   View Biography


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My mother and father truly believed that I could do anything. ...More 
- Ruth Rothstein   View Biography


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I grew up in Chicago, you might say kind of like in a schtetl. ...More 
- Madalyn  Schenk   View Biography


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My family really was not involved in the Jewish community in an organized sense. ...More 
- Florence Schornstein   View Biography


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Certainly not deeply identified [as Jews] but very, very committedly conscious of it. Always it was a matter of pride that we were [Jewish], although there was virtually no religious identification. ...More 
- Laurie Schwab Zabin   View Biography


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"I had no Jewish education... But... I went to Jewish day camp." ...More 
- Abby  Shevitz   View Biography


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[I knew] maybe too much [about the war while growing up.] One of my father's college roommates was part of the Nuremberg legal staff and sent photographs ...More 
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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We certainly were not observant. We held holidays, but the line was always if someone asked if we were religious, one of my aunts or uncles or somebody would say, 'Yes, we get together for the holidays and eat.' ...More  Audio available
- Betsy Shure Gross   View Biography


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I think [the connection between my parents' activism and their Jewish heritage] became clear during the holidays. Their activism was year-round, ...More 
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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My grandmother on my father's side was an early activist. I don't think she would think of herself quite that way, but she was a community organizer. ...More  Audio available
- Rivka Solomon   View Biography


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My parents were middle-class former activists themselves... They were active before the war and during the war years ...More 
- Judy Somberg   View Biography


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I think that my parents were very anxious to be up and aware of what was going on, particularly as immigrants. ...More 
- Marion Stone   View Biography


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I was born in Decatur Illinois, Macon County, very close to Springfield. ...More 
- Marillyn Tallman   View Biography


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I recall my childhood as a happy one... ...More 
- Mollie Wallick   View Biography


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Steal with your eyes, that was his thing. Whatever you see, put it to your head. ...More 
- Miriam Waltzer   View Biography


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My father was known, even as a young boy, as an excellent head and was in a Yeshiva -- a rabbinical school ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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My mother was really a Rebbetzin in the true sense of the word, she was there as a partner. ...More 
- Hanna Weinberg   View Biography


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I think the best thing that ever happened to me was at age seven, in second grade, when we moved to the suburbs, my parents joined a Synagogue. ...More 
- Anita Weinstein   View Biography


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"My grandparents were extremely active in orthodox circles." ...More 
- Judy Wolf   View Biography


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There was definitely a pretty strong influence around community work [from my parents], although it was not really political work. ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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I was very close to my father's parents... We lived with [them] for a couple of years when I was a teeny baby, before we moved out. ...More 
- Janet Yassen   View Biography


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[Judaism] was not ingrained in my daily life, it was much more of a cultural experience for me. ...More 
- Rebecca Yenawine   View Biography


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I think my political sensibilities come mostly from my mother, who was very liberal. I remember being a little kid and her telling me stories about FDR ...More 
- Rebecca Young   View Biography