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Isadora Newman

Isadora Newman’s creativity defied categorization, spilling across the boundaries of poetry, fiction, painting, and playwriting, but always returned to the African American and Creole influences of her New Orleans heritage.

Rivka Haut

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Rivka Haut.
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Rivka Haut.

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Rivka Haut

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Orthodox feminist activist Rivka Haut.
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Orthodox feminist activist Rivka Haut.

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Margot Adler as High Priestess, 1979

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Margot Adler as the High Priestess at Jim Freund's handfasting (wedding) in 1979.
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Margot Adler as the High Priestess at Jim Freund's handfasting (wedding) in 1979.


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My Grandmother's Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was my grandmother’s favorite holiday, and there’s an almost mythical story about the first time she celebrated it.  My grandmother was born in Lublin, Poland, survived the Holocaust, and lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany for six years after her liberation.  In the DP camps she married my grandfather, who was said to be handsome and tall, though his visa says he was 5’7. While still living in the camp, they had their first child, my uncle, Yitzchak. And in 1951 they came to the United States. It was November when their boat set sail across the Atlantic. As my grandmother told it, the boat docked in New York on Thanksgiving Day. But before docking, they were served a Turkey dinner. 

Shayna Goodman with her Grandmother

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Shayna Goodman with her grandmother.
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Shayna Goodman with her grandmother.

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Edith Altschul Lehman

Both with her husband and in her own right, Edith Altschul Lehman funded endeavors from building schools in Israel to creating a children’s zoo in Central Park.

Hannah Sandusky

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Hannah Sandusky.
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Hannah Sandusky.

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Miriam Belsky Solotaroff

Miriam Belsky Solotaroff made headlines in 1937 when she “rocked the school board” of New York for insisting on maternity leave to care for an adopted baby, a privilege only granted to biological mothers at the time.

"All-of-a-Kind Family" Front Cover by Sydney Taylor

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All-of-a-Kind Family front cover by Sydney Taylor.

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All-of-a-Kind Family front cover by Sydney Taylor.

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