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Shulamit Izen

After realizing at an early age that she was a lesbian, Shulamit Izen devoted herself to creating a supportive environment for Jewish GLBTQ teens.

Barbara Myerhoff Poster

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This poster by JWA explains the biography of Barbara Myerhoff.

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This poster by JWA explains the biography of Barbara Myerhoff.

Barbara Myerhoff

Renowned anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff made waves when she chose to study a very different culture: her own.

Helen Menken, 1926

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Helen Menken with Basil Rathbone in the notorious production of "The Captive" in 1926.
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Helen Menken with Basil Rathbone in the notorious production of "The Captive" in 1926.

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All of the Above: Refusing to Choose

There was a moment in my late twenties when I seriously considered rabbinical school. I was changing careers, trying to figure out what my next step would be, and becoming a rabbi would have allowed me to blend my love of Jewish ritual, my intellectual curiosity, and my passion for helping people into a calling. It made sense, on a deep level. But the more I talked about it with friends who were already rabbis and rabbinical students, the more they cautioned me, “As a woman, if you become a rabbi and you’re not married yet, you need to accept that you’ll probably never marry. Men don’t want to date women who are authority figures; it’s too emasculating.” I wanted to be a rabbi. But I also wanted marriage and children. When I believed that I needed to choose between them, I couldn’t bear the thought of never having children of my own. I quietly turned my focus to other graduate programs.

Basya Schechter with her Nieces

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Promotional still of Basya Schechter and her nieces from the documentary All of the Above.
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Promotional still of Basya Schechter and her nieces from the documentary All of the Above.

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Vivienne Shub

In 1963, Vivienne Shub helped to create Center Stage, bringing a regional professional repertory theater to Baltimore. In the 1970s, she and her husband took up residency at Goucher College, sharing their expertise in music and theater. She has also enjoyed a long teaching career at Towson University, appeared in numerous films, and serves as president of the Baltimore Theater Alliance.

Excerpt From "Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed" Part 2

From Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed. Video by Gay Block, 2003. View transcript.
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From Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed. Video by Gay Block, 2003. View transcript.
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Excerpt From "Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed" Part 1

From Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed. Video by Gay Block, 2003. View transcript.
Credit: © GAY BLOCK
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From Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed. Video by Gay Block, 2003. View transcript.

Credit: © GAY BLOCK

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Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing

February 19, 1935

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing.

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