Celebrating JWA's Encyclopedia Revision and Expansion
Scholar Harriet Feinberg, who performed editorial work on the first two iterations of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, composed a poem years ago about the resource. We are delighted to share it publicly now in celebration of the Encyclopedia's 2021 revision and expansion.
I was brought onto the staff of Jewish Women in America—the 1997 predecessor to the; new Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women—to help find writers. As I learned more about the dazzling array of women who were to be written about, they began popping up in clusters in my mind. At some point they apparently began interacting—and out came this poem. Much gratitude to the Encyclopedia and to JWA for bringing Jewish women’s history to life!
jumping out of oblivion
the women hurl bricks and songs
they want to be extricated
their hair is festooned with capital letters and asterisks
invoking the Princess of the Printing Press
Recaller to Life
codify us! alphabetize us! restore us reduce retrieve revamp restructure
simple 500 word 250 word accounts
so we can sit in our print-condos layer on layer
hang out knotted-sheet-ropes
to shimmy from window to window
climbing from C to D zipping in for a visit
whispering in our cubicles across the generations
o store on CD-ROM!
o acres of communicating 3-D women
their dwellings lightly linked with sky-glue
what subversive tendencies
How to cite this page
Feinberg, Harriet. "Celebrating JWA's Encyclopedia Revision and Expansion." 24 June 2021. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on August 1, 2021) <https://jwa.org/blog/celebrating-jwas-encyclopedia-revision-and-expansion>.