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Aviva Cantor

Aviva Cantor

Aviva Cantor not only created a powerful forum for Jewish feminists by cofounding Lilith magazine, she went on to invent a “unified field theory” of Jewish history that offered compelling possibilities for egalitarianism.

Aviva Cantor

An advocate of feminism and egalitarianism in Judaism, author Aviva Cantor has promoted Jewish activism for over 30 years. She was a co-founder of the Jewish Liberation Project in New York and an editor of its Jewish Liberation Journal. In 1976, she co-founded Lilith, an “Independent, Jewish & Frankly Feminist” magazine.

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“[Debbie Friedman] emphasized the value of every voice and the power of song to help us express ourselves and become our best selves. As she wrote for JWA's online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution: 'The more our voices are heard in song, the more we become our lyrics, our prayers, and our convictions.' The woman who wrote the song that asks God to 'help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing' herself modeled for us what that looks like.”—Judith Rosenbaum.
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Aviva Cantor

The great synthesizer, bringing together Jewish feminism, Zionism, socialism, animal rights and concern for the environment, Aviva Cantor remains best known for her work as co-founder and editor of Lilith, the independent Jewish feminist magazine, her landmark Egalitarian Hagada, and her passionately analytical and theoretical volume Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Aviva Cantor." (Viewed on October 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/17163>.

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