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Susan Weidman Schneider

b. 1944

by Sarah Blustain

The covers of Lilith magazine fill the walls of Susan Weidman Schneider’s office. They tell much of her story: Decades of commitment to the causes of Jewish women. The variety is dizzying: Orthodox to atheist, political to psychological, 1976 to the present. Through her editorship of Lilith, her books, her writings in other publications and her activism, she has participated in and documented nothing less than a revolution in Jewish women’s lives.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, on March 17, 1944, Susan Patricia Weidman joined a community in which her family had been active in Jewish and secular spheres for a century. Her father, Sydney Herbert Weidman, was born in Winnipeg on January 20, 1904, and worked as a wholesale grocer in his family business. Her mother, Zora Zagrabelna, was born in Winnipeg on March 16, 1908. Zora, who attended


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Founder and editor of Lilith, the "independent Jewish women's magazine," Susan Weidman Schneider is devoted to the many causes of concern to Jewish women and to highlighting the unique challenges and possibilities facing those who make a commitment to both Judaism and feminism.

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How to cite this page

Blustain, Sarah. "Susan Weidman Schneider." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 20 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on December 10, 2016) <>.


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