Aviva Cantor

Aviva Cantor not only created a powerful forum for Jewish feminists by cofounding Lilith magazine, she went on to invent a “unified field theory” of Jewish history that offered compelling possibilities for egalitarianism. Cantor worked as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle before becoming editor of the Jewish Liberation Journal and associate editor of Hadassah Magazine. She helped plan the first National Jewish Women’s Conference in 1973, where she began discussing the idea of a Jewish feminist magazine. Three years later, Cantor launched the first issue of Lilith as founding co-editor. Cantor spent years researching what she called a “unified field theory” of Judaism that would use a feminist methodology to explain all of Jewish history and culture, culminating in Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life. Here she argued that Jews reacted to persecution by taking on feminist values of cooperation, compassion, and consensus, and by redefining men’s and women’s roles in the community. Beyond her work as an editor and feminist scholar, Cantor also devoted herself to animal rights as vice president of CHAI: Concern for Helping Animals in Israel, which drafted Israel’s animal protection law.


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Could you please send me Aviva Cantor's email?

I was born Aviva Cantor in Sydney, Australia, lived in Canada and now live in LA.  I've recently been told that there has been confusion between the two fo us and that Aviva Cantor is described on some internet sites as the wife of Canadian poet, Irving Layton and the mother of David Layton. In fact, I was the one who was married to Irving and who is the mother of David. I'm also a writer and editor and my son is also a writer so I can see how the error might have been made but it should now be rectified because it can cause all sorts of confusion. If you can't send me Aviva Cantor's email, could you please give her mine?    Thanks,  Aviva Layton  








This is an email to Aviva Cantor from Aviva Layton. 





In reply to by aviva layton

Hi Aviva,

Thank you for your comment on our profile page of Aviva Cantor. Unfortunately, I do not have her contact information. She has published books with HarperOne, whose contact info you can find here. Their phone number is 1-800-242-7737 and their email is orders@harpercollins.com. I recommend contacting them for Aviva Cantor's contact information.

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Abby Belyea
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Feminist Aviva Cantor.

Date of Birth

Bronx, NY
United States

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Aviva Cantor." (Viewed on April 20, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/cantor-aviva>.


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