Annette Daum combined interfaith dialogue and feminism in the hopes of both defusing anti-Semitism in the feminist movement and finding solutions to the common problems facing women in different faiths. Daum earned a degree in statistics from Hunter College before moving to Long Island in 1953, where she and her husband helped found the North Shore Synagogue. Finding significant anti-Semitism in the feminist movement, Daum decided to create better communication between Jewish and Christian women by becoming the coordinator of interreligious affairs for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and co-leading a task force on Jewish-Christian-feminist dialogue sponsored by the Feminist Theological Institute. She also edited the journal Interreligious Currents and wrote articles on feminism and Judaism. Through her work at UAHC, she staffed task forces on gender equality, offering gender-neutral alternatives for phrases in the liturgy such as “Heavenly One” instead of “Heavenly Father.” She also created courses for religious teachers and students to instill greater awareness of gender inequality in the liturgy and religious tradition. In her later years, Daum became more involved with the North Shore Synagogue, serving as their first female president from 1968–1972 and teaching comparative religion in the synagogue religious school.
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