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Joining the Sisterhood
Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives
Joining the Sisterhood
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Tobin Belzer - Editor
Julie Pelc - Editor
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 238 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5861-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5861-7

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 238 pages
Release Date: October 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5862-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5862-4

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Essays and poems that offer insight into what it means to be a young Jewish woman today.

Young Jewish women engage in almost every aspect of religious and cultural Jewish life, yet their unique perspectives have remained largely invisible. Through poetry and personal essays, Joining the Sisterhood sheds light on the lives of these young women as they search for both personal and universal truths. By writing about their thoughts and experiences, the women in this anthology join the sisterhood of women who work toward justice in their homes, synagogues, and communities.

"This lively collection offers fresh perspectives on contemporary Jewish life and feminism from the point of view of younger women who have come of age in a radically changed world. These essays, poems, and narratives help stake out the new intellectual terrain of Jewish feminism." — Joyce Antler, coeditor of Changing Education: Women as Radicals and Conservators

"The essays and poems in this book offer an extraordinary range of experiences of being a woman and a Jew. The writing is compelling, thoughtful, and interesting, and the writers' engagement with their Judaism is powerful." — Riv-Ellen Prell, author of Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender, and the Anxiety of Assimilation

"These are works of superb intelligence and range by a new generation of women whose background, interests, concerns, and sense of Judaism are all important to learn about." — Miriyam Glazer, editor of Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers

Contributors include Ruth Abusch-Magder, Caryn Aviv, Tobin Belzer, Leah Berger, Amy Elisabeth Bokser, Shoshana Friedman, Andrea Gottlieb, Vered Hankin, Jessie Heller-Frank, Charlotte Green Honigman-Smith, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Loolwa Khazzoom, Melanie Leitner, Leanne Lieberman, Julie Pelc, Deborah Preg, Eve Rosenbaum, Lynne Meredith Schreiber, Aleza Eve Kaufman Summit, Alana Suskin, Anna Swanson, Daveena Tauber, and Clara Thaler.

Tobin Belzer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life at the University of Southern California. Julie Pelc is a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

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Table of Contents



Part I. Ruach: Ourselves in Relation to Others and the Environment

1. Bais Yaakov Girl (essay)
Eve Rosenbaum

2. Questions (poem)
Melanie Leitner

3. Ground Contemplation Prayer (essay)
Leah Berger

4. Singing Praises (essay)
Shoshana M. Friedman

5. God Lives in the Himalayas (essay)
Leanne Lieberman

6. Yom Kippur in Ecuador (Me and the Virgin) (poem)
Aleza Eve Kaufman Summit

7. Where the Mountain Touches the Sky (essay)
Vered Hankin

8. Sister (poem)
Alana Suskin

9. Mazel: The Luck of the Irish (essay)
Charlotte Green Honigman-Smith

Part II. Nefesh: Ourselves in Relation to our Bodies

10. Blessings in Boxes (essay)
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

11. At Home in My Own Skin (essay)
Clara Thaler

12. Boiled Beet (poem)
Anna Swanson

13. Who is a Jew? (essay)
Loolwa Khazzoom

14. The Kibbutz (poem)
Deborah Preg

15. When You're Looking for G-d, Go Home (essay)
Jessie Heller-Frank

16. Orange (poem)
Andrea Gottlieb

17. A Woman of Valor, Who Can Find (essay)
Julie Pelc

Part III. Neshamah: Our Emotional and Intellectual Selves

18. Chutzpah and Menschlekeit: Negotiating Identity in Jerusalem (essay)
Caryn Aviv

19. Passages (poem)
Leah Berger

20. Meeting in the Middle (essay)
Lynne Meredith Schreiber

21. Secret Weapon (poem)
Amy Elisabeth Bokser

22. Ira Glass, Where Are You? (essay)
Tobin Belzer

23. Stepping Eastward (essay)
Daveena Tauber

24. Making Love on the Deutsche Bahn (essay)
Ruth A. Abusch-Magder



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