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This week in Jewish women

  • Was Gertrude Stein—currently the focus of major exhibitions currently in Paris and Washington, D.C.—actually a Nazi sympathizer? Renate Stendhal gets to the bottom of this reemerging accusation.

  • Who doesn’t like old Jewish folks? We join the Jewish community in “awwws” over the LA Jewish Home’s endearing Chanuka Hanukkah Chanukah video. (hat tip to Kate Bigam)

  • Tablet is counting down their 100 Greatest Jewish Films, and Jewcy is highlighting the work of iconic Jewish actresses Jennifer Grey and Barbra Streisand (“Babs and Baby”) and Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler.

    • Did you miss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s historic speech to the UN on GLBT rights in Geneva? This is a must watch.

    • Under pressure from the Orthodox community, Yeshiva University’s newspaper, YU Beacon, pulled its sex column. (As a former college sex column writer, I am outraged, though not surprised.)

    • Jewish soccer champ Camille Levin was instrumental in leading Stanford’s women’s soccer team to its first NCAA championship. Levin also played for the United States’ under-20 national team on a two-match tour against Germany in June 2009.

    • Friends of Jewish Women International gathered to honor the ten outstanding Women to Watch of 2011.

    • Jewschool reviews singer/songwriter Chana Rothman’s new EP, Beautiful Land.

    • Lacey Schwartz, who is the managing director of Truth Aid and director of outreach for Be’chol Lashon, spent the first 18 years of her life believing she was white despite her dark skin color. Then she learned that her mother had an affair with an African American man and her identity was forever changed. She’s making a documentary about her journey of self discovery.

    • Gender discrimination in Israel continues as increasingly, women are barred from funerals.

    • Sarah Silverman’s got a new Christmas-for-Jews song. If you like Sarah Silverman, enjoy. If you aren’t a fan, well you probably wont like this either. (Warning: Some dirty words)

    How to cite this page

    Berkenwald, Leah. "This week in Jewish women." 9 December 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on January 22, 2017) <>.


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