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Letter from Jack Epstein to Susannah Heschel, March 26, 1984

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Letter from Jack Epstein to Susannah Heschel, regarding her talk on "Judaism and Feminism" at Temple Oheb Shalom, March 26, 1984.
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Letter from Jack Epstein to Susannah Heschel, regarding her talk on "Judaism and Feminism" at Temple Oheb Shalom, March 26, 1984.

Courtesy of Susannah Heschel. View PDF.

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"The Tools of Guilt and Intimidation," by Gloria Greenfield, July 1983

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"The Tools of Guilt and Intimidation," by Gloria Greenfield, Sojourner, The Jewish Women's Issue, July 1983.
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"The Tools of Guilt and Intimidation," by Gloria Greenfield, Sojourner, The Jewish Women's Issue, July 1983.

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Tamara Cohen and Gwynn Kessler's Wedding Program

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Program from the wedding of Tamara Cohen and Gwynn Kessler, 2004.
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Program from the wedding of Tamara Cohen and Gwynn Kessler, 2004.

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Ann Lane

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Historian Ann Lane.

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Historian Ann Lane.

Ann J. Lane, 1931 - 2013

Born in Brooklyn, Ann Lane completed all of her schooling in New York City. She earned a BA from Brooklyn College in English in 1952, an MA in sociology from New York University in 1958, and a PhD in American History from Columbia University in 1968.

She began her academic career at what was then the women’s college of Rutgers University. In 1971 she moved to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where she served for 12 years as Professor of History and Chair of the American Studies Program.

Tefillin Barbie: Considering Gender and Ritual Garb

Do women in your community wear tefillin and tallit when they pray? Do you? For many, the relationship between gender and ritual garb is still evolving, as Jews consider their personal and communal associations with these objects and practices. This Go & Learn guide uses the provocative image of "Tefillin Barbie"—created in 2006 by soferet (ritual scribe) Jen Taylor Friedman—to explore issues of gender, ritual, and body image.

Lilith Evolved: Writing Midrash

In this Go and Learn, guide, we explore the notion of midrash and highlight "The Coming of Lilith" by theologian Judith Plaskow as an example of how contemporary Jewish feminists have created their own midrashim—retellings of biblical stories—in order to incorporate women's viewpoints into the traditional texts of Judaism. In writing their own versions of these texts, Plaskow and her peers have made Judaism more inclusive of the voices and perspectives of all people who engage in its teachings.

Queen Esther and Bella Abzug: Costumes, Leadership, and Identity

On Purim we dress in costume to create a new persona. We delight in unexpected images. We poke holes in the humdrum everyday roles of men and women, rich and poor, young and old. Our assumptions about people shift, and thus, the holiday transforms us.

Writing Home: A Letter from an Early American Jew

We know little about Rebecca Samuel, the author of the featured document in this guide, outside of what her letters provide for us: a slice of her life as a Jewish woman in early America. In this letter, originally written in Yiddish in the 1790s to her parents in Hamburg, Germany, Samuel describes her life in Petersburg, Virginia. She vividly portrays the challenges of keeping a Jewish household, her wishes for her children, and her excitement about the prospect of moving to Charleston, South Carolina. This Go & Learn guide uses Rebecca Samuel’s captivating letter as a centerpiece for interactive sessions about Jewish immigration and the development of the Jewish community in America.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women's Studies." (Viewed on May 28, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/womens-studies>.

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