Female, Jewish, and Educated: The Lives of Central European University Women

Harriet Pass Freidenreich

To what extent could middle-class Jewish women in the early decades of the twentieth century combine family and careers, or did they feel compelled to choose between the two?

Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Debra L. Schultz, Blanche Wiesen Cook

“A fascinating text which adds to our understanding of recent Jewish Left and feminist politics and activism”

Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter: Creating Jewish Ways to Welcome Baby Girls into the Covenant-New and Traditional Ceremonies

Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

"While the brit milah (circumcision) ceremony welcomes baby boys into the Jewish community, no similar standard celebration exists for baby girls. Cohen, a journalist, introduces and collects welcoming ceremonies that have been invented over the past 30 years, unearthed from Jewish communities around the world and adapted from other rituals."

Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration

Naomi Levy

"Written in a simple and direct style, the prayers in this book—and the wonderful stories that accompany them—are for people of all faiths, and for all occasions large and small. Naomi Levy’s personal prayers address the anxieties and roadblocks we all face in contemporary life. There are prayers for facing a new day, realizing one’s potential at work, celebrating an anniversary or birthday, and going to sleep at night. And there are prayers for the more profound occurrences in life—love and marriage, pregnancy and childbirth, illness, loss, and death."

White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America

by Malka Drucker, Gay Block

Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's Holy Site

Phyllis Chesler (Editor), Rivka Haut (Editor)

"This passionate book documents the legendary grassroots and legal struggle of a determined group of Jewish women from Israel, the United States, and other parts of the world--known as the Women of the Wall--to win the right to pray out loud together as a group, according to Jewish law; wear ritual objects; and read from Torah scrolls at the Western Wall."

Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker was born in 1969 to author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal, who met and married in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. But after their divorce, Rebecca was a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds-and trying to figure out where she fit in.


Around Sarah's Table: Ten Hasidic Women Share Their Stories of Life, Faith, and Tradition

Ruth Zakutinsky, Yaffa Leba Gottlieb, Rivka Zakutinsky

This book tells the stories of 10 Hasidic women who gather "around Sarah's table" each Tuesday for lunch and Torah discussion. The women are quite different from one another: all live in Brooklyn, yet they come from Italy and Russia as well as the U.S., and not all were raised in "Torah homes." Some are housewives, while others balance demanding careers in law or publishing with home responsibilities. All are united in their devotion to faith and family.

Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl

Carmit Delman

Into the world of blurring ethnic identities arrives a narrative about a sect few Westerners have heard of-the Bene Israel, an ancient community of Indian Jews. Although the author grew up in Cleveland, she was raised with the dual heritages of a Bene Israelean mother and an American/ Eastern European Jewish father. Her memoir captures the textures of a life spent straddling the traditions and cultures of western India and the United States.

Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots

Claire Safran (Contributor), Yvette D. Melanson

"The story of Yvette Melanson is that of an adopted child, loved and raised in a Jewish household, who, when found by her Navajo/Dineh family of origin, packed up her husband and daughters and drove out west to recapture her roots as a "Navajo in training." Her stories of the members of her families -- families from two cultures who had only known each other cliches - is told with much struggle, humor and compassion."

Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women

Jill Hammer

A collection of 24 short stories based on the women of the Torah. These original and engaging stories reveal a new look at Lilith and Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rachel and Leah, Miriam, Lot's Wife, and many more. A unique, amazing anthology that reinterprets ancient parables in a new light.

Jewish Tales of Holy Women

Yitzhak Buxbaum

This is a unique collection of stories–most of which are published in English for the first time–written about wise, strong, and spiritual Jewish women.

The Rebbe's Daughter: Memoir of a Hasidic Childhood

Malkah Shapiro, Nehemia Polen (Translator)

An intimate look, from a female perspective, at the world of the Hasidic Jew in pre-World War I Central Europe. This is a fascinating memoir of a young girl awakening to spirituality and religious consciousness in a unique place and time.

Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism

Danya Ruttenberg (Editor), Susannah Heschel

Thanks in large part to the struggles of their activist foremothers, today's young Jewish women have a dizzying array of spiritual options. Yentl's Revenge chronicles a range of experiences lived by an entire generation of women, from Judeo-pagan witches to young Orthodox mothers, from rabbis to sex educators. Contributors ponder Jewish transgenderdom, Jewish body image, Jewish punk, the stereotype of the Jewish American Princess, intermarriage, circumcision, faith, and intolerance.

Mother and Daughter Jewish Cooking: 2 Generations of Jewish Women Share Traditional and Contemporary Recipes

Evelyn Rose, Judi Rose

"This book," Evelyn Rose says, "is an attempt to preserve the food legacy handed down by all our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, but to modify it to suit the lives we live now, and to introduce other dishes that are imbued with the same spirit yet are looking toward the future." So Mother and Daughter Jewish Cooking is more like two generations of women (Judy is the daughter) sharing traditional and contemporary recipes, in a kind of a mother-daughter coffee klatsch."

Jewish Mothers

Lloyd Wolf (Photographer), Paula Wolfson (Editor), Anne Roiphe

In this celebration of Jewish women and motherhood, stunning black and white duotones are paired with intimate profiles that evoke the lives of fifty Jewish mothers. Each extraordinary woman featured in this collection shares her powerful insights into the meaning of family, Judaism, love, and community with recollections and observations of Jewish life in America.

Torah of the Mothers: Contemporary Jewish Women Read Classical Jewish Texts

Susan A. Handelman, Ora Wiskind Elper (Editors)

"This book brings together writings by 23 Orthodox Jewish women, Torah scholars all, but none of them rabbis or feminists, as in more liberal divisions of Judaism. In certain ways, these essays do not differ much from other contemporary Torah commentaries here, as in similar works, are close readings of Torah and applications of its meaning to modern life. Yet these women are aware of the complexity and irony of their situation, as they reflect on themes such as the exile of the Shekhinah or the search for authentic identity. For example, Sarah Schneider writes: "If [the rabbis] are to imitate Moshe then they must find a place of deep and authentic compassion for the women who approach them with halakhic petitions." This collection should prove thought-provoking for thoughtful Jewish readers of all persuasions. Highly recommended."


Ruth Gruber

"Raquela Prywes lived on the front lines of Israel's history. A ninth-generation Jerusalemite, she found her true calling as a hospital and battlefield nurse, delivering babies in the infamous Athlit detention camp, where Holocaust survivors were interned by the British, and literally walking across minefields to tend the wounded during the 1948 War of Independence."

Missing Girls

Lois Metzger

Young Adult: "Discomfort with her immigrant grandmother turns to affection when thirteen-year-old Carrie Schmidt begins listening in earnest to Mutti's stories of the war. A better understanding of her mother, who died four years earlier, also comes about when the man who took her refugee mother in during the war pays a visit. Characters are sharply drawn and Carrie's emotional life is fully realized in this novel set in 1967."

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