Esther M.Broner

Esther M. Broner’s revolutionary women’s Seder opened up new possibilities for reimagining Jewish rituals to include women’s voices. As a young wife and mother, Broner began writing autobiographically about her daily life and her Jewish roots. She went on to write experimental novels and plays that explored Jewish, feminist, and historical themes with dark humor. In 1976, she published “Women’s Haggadah” in Ms. Magazine, completely reimagining the Passover Seder from the questions of the Four Daughters to the plagues that women have had to endure throughout history. In 1982, she joined a community of Jewish feminists that included Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug, holding yearly Seders with the new and evolving feminist haggadah. She wrote about the early years of this group in her book, The Telling: The Story of a Group of Jewish Women Who Journey to Spirituality through Community and Ceremony.

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See a wonderful film about Esther Broner life and the Feminist seders by Lilly Rivlin

Activist, writer, and playwright E.M. Broner (1927–2011).

Date of Birth

Detroit, MI
United States

Date of Death
Activist, Writer, Playwright

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