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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Features thousands of biographic and thematic essays on Jewish women around the world. Learn more

Shelley Morhaim

b. 1949

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Shelley Morhaim until we are able to commission a full entry.

Documentary filmmaker Shelley Cole Morhaim.

Shelly Morhaim brought national attention to anti-war and environmental causes through her documentary films and the use of one iconic photo. Morhaim helped run a number of local Baltimore activist organizations ranging from a hotline for battered women to a forum for black/Jewish relations. In the mid-1980s, she became involved with the Beyond War Foundation’s “Earth in Every Classroom” project, placing an iconic NASA photograph of Earth seen from space in thousands of classrooms. She designed curriculum materials to prompt discussions of the photo’s lack of national boundaries and the interconnectedness of life on Earth. She then co-founded Earthome, Inc., an environmental nonprofit which created the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program on public land in the United States, providing organic produce to shareholders and educating visitors. She wrote, directed and produced an award-winning documentary, The Next Industrial Revolution. The film showcases an ecological design revolution, as several major corporations rethink their buildings and production practices to help preserve the environment.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Shelley Morhaim." (Viewed on December 9, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/morhaim-shelley>.


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