Anne Roiphe

A prolific journalist, essayist and novelist, Anne Roiphe is known for tackling issues of feminism and Jewish identity in her writing. Roiphe graduated Sarah Lawrence in 1957 and published her first novel, Digging Out, in 1966, followed in 1970 by Up the Sandbox, later adapted as a movie starring Barbra Streisand. Roiphe often became the subject of controversy for her writing, both in feminist circles and Jewish ones. Her writings on Judaism created a stir for her descriptions of her assimilated family’s Christmas tree as well as her thoughts on whether an obsession with the Holocaust might be the root of problems in Israeli society and the larger Jewish community. She has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Tikkun, and the Jerusalem Report, among others, and has published novels, memoirs, and collections of essays which confront issues of feminism, motherhood, assimilation, and Jewish identity.


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Writer Anne Roiphe responded to her parents' annual Christmas tree by re-engaging with her Jewish heritage, which then became the primary focus of her writing.

Institution: Jewish Woman, Jewish Women International

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Writer, Journalist

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anne Roiphe." (Viewed on April 19, 2021) <>.


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