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Jewish Holidays

An Open Letter to Whoever Finds my Menurkey

In 2013 a miraculous thing happened. Thanksgiving and Haunkuah overlapped, and the whole world went crazy. The day was deemed Thanksgivukkah and quickly became a thing of legend. Songs popped up- some genuine, some parodiesWebsites devoted to the day were designed. T-shirts in every shape and size celebrated the day. Even the Mayor of Boston proclaimed the day to be an official holiday.

And I bought a menorah shaped like a turkey—aka a menurkey . 

Celebrate Judith; Celebrate Hanukkah

Last week, JWA led the first online learning program of the year, “Hanukkah: Ignite and Inspire.” We spoke to almost 20 educators from across the country, covering topics from incorporating lessons of Jewish heroines to the challenges of creating a refreshing and relevant Hanukkah curriculum. I was most excited to talk about Judith, a Jewish, Biblical era woman whose story is not included in the Jewish scriptural canon.

"Judith Slaying Holofernes" by Artemisia Gentileschi, circa 1614-20

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Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, circa 614-20. Oil on canvas. 158.8 cm × 125.5 cm.

Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, circa 614-20. Oil on canvas. 158.8 cm × 125.5 cm.

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Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network Flyer

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Flyer for Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network.
Courtesy of Barbara Dobkin and Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project, JCC Manhattan. View PDF.
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Flyer for Kanfey Nashim: The Jewish Women's Philanthropy Network.

Courtesy of Barbara Dobkin and Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project, JCC Manhattan. View PDF.

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"Sylvia" Cartoon

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"Sylvia" cartoon about women's philanthropy.
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"Sylvia" cartoon about women's philanthropy.


Courtesy of Nicole Hollander.

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Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change Symposium Program, November 1995

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Program from "Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change" symposium, November 1995.
Courtesy of Barbara Dobkin and Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project, a program of The JCC in Manhattan. View PDF.
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Program from "Jewish Women Ensuring the Future: Identity, Money and Change" symposium, November 1995.

Courtesy of Barbara Dobkin and Ma'yan: The Jewish Women's Project, a program of The JCC in Manhattan. View PDF.

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"The Spirit of Peace Haggadah," by Kim Chernin

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Cover, title page, and blessing over washing hands and parsley in The Spirit of Peace Haggadah, by Kim Chernin.
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Cover, title page, and blessing over washing hands and parsley in The Spirit of Peace Haggadah, by Kim Chernin.

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One is the Presence in our Midst Haggadah

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“One is the Presence in our Midst,“ from the Haggadah of the Seder Sisters' Women's Passover, 2000. View PDF.
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“One is the Presence in our Midst,“ from the Haggadah of the Seder Sisters' Women's Passover, 2000. View PDF.

Courtesy of E.M. Broner

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Esther Broner: A Weave of Women

Esther Broner, or E.M. as she was known, was a Jewish feminist, prolific author, professor, and pioneer of the feminist  movement. Known for re-imagining traditional Jewish customs and rituals, she co-wrote The Women’s Haggadah, which encouraged women to devise their own version of traditional rituals.

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