Sally Gottesman

As a teenager, Sally Gottesman lobbied for the first Saturday morning bat mitzvah at her synagogue; as an adult, she created groups for teens of both genders to discover a deeper connection to Judaism. Gottesman asked her synagogue for a full bat mitzvah on a Saturday morning, including reading Torah, instead of the shorter girls ceremony the synagogue usually offered girls on Friday nights. In her letter, Gottesman said, “knowing that I am an equal makes me want to continue my studies.” True to her word, after earning Masters degrees in public and private management from Yale, Gottesman became a consultant and activist in the Jewish community for groups including the Hebrew Free Loan Society, and the Israel Women’s Network. She is the founding chair of Moving Traditions: the Jewish Gender and Lifecycle Initiative, which runs Rosh Hodesh groups and brotherhood groups (Shevet Achim) for post-bat/bar mitzvah teens. She also serves on the boards of a number of Jewish nonprofits, including the American Jewish World Service, Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Funders Network, and is a former board member of the Jewish Women’s Archive.

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~~Dear Sally Gottesman,

As one of the Board of the Jewish Women's Archive, you know how important our mothers were, in preserving the stories, and in the history of the community. Now is the time to support women who write after seventy years of living in our homeland.
If you can spare a minute of your time, I'd like to introduce myself: my name is Ilana and I am part of the Bene Israel community in Israel. I've been involved in promoting the Indian-Jewish community in Israel for many years.
The project dearest to my heart is one I've been working on for nearly 10 years now - an anthology of women's stories, Indian-Jewish women who made Aliyah to Israel. These are untold stories that have been silenced for many years by shame, social pressure and religious oppression. And they are finally coming into the light.
The book's publication depends on the success of our Headstart project:
Would you consider sharing your knowledge of the Jewish women's world and give me advice to whom should I send information about our book in the USA?
The book "Mother India, Father Israel" was written by Jewish-Indian women's in Israel about their history in this country, the "stories behind the stories" and the unique challenges they face.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please to not hesitate to contact me for additional information.
Best regards,
Ilana Shazor, book editor
Cell phone: +972-(0)58-564-1664  
Email address:
Rachel Mermelstein Amram
(I am a volunteer helping Ilana with the English translations and any other needed tasks)
Cellphone +972-544-281676

Organizational leader Sally Gottesman.

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