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Making trouble/making history at JWA's second annual luncheon

Sunday morning, as readers of the New York Times were mulling over a long and thoughtful article about Gloria Steinem's legacy, Steinem herself was with friends and fellow supporters of the Jewish Women's Archive to honor three remarkable Jewish women—Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Elizabeth A. Sackler, and Rebecca Traister — at JWA's second annual Making Trouble/Making History luncheon.

What can we learn from Jewish women partisans? Jewish Partisan Education Foundation announces 2012 Youth Writing Contest

Thanks to the success of feature film Defiance (2008), Americans now associate the history of Jewish partisans with the hunky Bielski brothers, played by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jaime Bell. In the film's depiction of their society hidden deep in the forest women contributed by cooking and gathering food but not so much as leaders or fighters. The real story of female Jewish partisans--in the Bielski encampment and elsewhere--is, of course, much richer.

Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest

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Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest
Jewish Partisan Education Project 2012 Youth Writing Contest

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"Don't Patronize Reds!" Advertisement by Anonymous

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A black and white advertisement from the mid-1950's describing the dangers of supporting members of the Communist who work in the entertainment industry. By anonymous, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Paula Hyman Teaching

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Paula Hyman, celebrated social historian, photographed while teaching.
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Paula Hyman with her Children, 1986

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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Summer 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Summer 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her Children, 1986

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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Spring 1986.
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Paula Hyman with her daughters in Israel, Spring 1986.
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Paula Hyman, 1946 - 2011

 Despite talking on occasion about death, and Paula telling me that rarely did a day go by that she did not think about her own mortality, like most people I preferred to imagine that we all would live forever, or at least long enough.

Paula crammed so much life and accomplishments into her 65 years. She tasted many pleasures, including some—like grandchildren—she had not assumed that she would experience.

Paula Hyman Portrait

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Paula Hyman, celebrated social historian and Jewish feminist.

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Honoring Paula Hyman, z"l, by continuing to ask questions

Last Friday, I joined members of the Jewish Women’s Archive “family” on a sad drive to New Haven for the funeral of Paula Hyman, who died on Thursday at the much-too-early age of 65. The Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale for the past 25 years, Paula was, in the words of the New York Times, “a social historian who pioneered the study of women in Jewish life and became an influential advocate for women’s equality in Jewish religious practice.”

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