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September 6, 2016 by

“Siona Benjamin: Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition Opens in Albany

siona benjaminWhat: The opening reception a new exhibit for Siona Benjamin’s multimedia art. Originally from Mumbai, now living in the US, Benjamin holds MFA degrees in both painting and theater set design. Her multimedia work reflects her background as a Jewish Indian woman raised in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India and educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools. Inspired by traditions as diverse as Indian miniature painting, Byzantine icons, illuminated manuscripts, and American Pop Art, she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic that includes cultural, religious, and feminist narratives.
 
Featuring over 80 works, this survey will include examples from her early series, Finding Home, begun in the 90s, on up through her current project, Exodus: I See Myself in You, about the struggles of Syrian refugees. Many of her figures, such as the female characters in Finding Home, have blue skin. It’s a color Benjamin says she picked for its neutrality to represent her “skin color as being a Jewish woman of color, of being the other, of being transcultural, of belonging everywhere and nowhere at the same time.”
 
Where:  Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208. 
 
When: Thursday, September 8, 2016. Artist lecture at 5:00 pm. Opening reception from 6:00-8:00 pm. Exhibition closes October 9, 2016. 

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September 6, 2016 by

Painting with Jewish Numbers

Henry Bismuth, Fourteen, 2016, Oil on canvas

Henry Bismuth, Fourteen, 2016, Oil on canvas

What:  ”Numbers are integral to Jewish rituals, belief, significant historical dates, and daily life. Numbers and numerology have been at the core of Biblical understanding since the Bible was codified and possibly before. Inescapable, numbers are the global language of humanity. More than fifty contemporary artists illuminate the meaning of numbers and their symbolism through a broad range of artistic media.” So reads the description from the event organizers about a new exhibit, “Paint by Numbers,” which celebrates its opening with an artists reception. 

Where: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. One West Fourth Street between Broadway and Mercer Street, New York, New York, USA. 

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016. 6:00-8:00 pm with a program beginning at 7:00 pm. Register here. 

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September 6, 2016 by

Folk Music and Jewish Identity in NYC

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What: Sharon Goldman performs a full band show to release her new album KOL ISHA (A Woman’s Voice). Goldman’s sound is melodic, deriving from the tradition of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. 

The album explores Goldman’s Orthodox Jewish childhood and her now-secular adulthood. Song titles include “Pillar of Salt,” “Song of Songs,” “The Sabbath Queen,” and “Lilith.” (We’re particularly excited by the latter). 

Where: Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St New York, NY, USA. 

When Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 pm. See her website for dates and times of other performances, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. 

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August 3, 2016 by

We’ve Got Issues—And We Want to Share Them

Lilith magazine​, turning 40 this fall,​ is moving to a lovely new office in ​two weeks. ​Please help us find an appropriate home for some of ​​our cherished back issues. (Alas, we can’t take them all with us.)

Do you teach a class that ​would enjoy having a print copy of a classic back issue? Are you part of a Lilith salon, writers group or rosh hodesh group that would appreciate these vintage issues? 

We’ll gladly send ​boxed ​magazines ​of whatever issue you choose (or tell us to choose) ​in minimum quantities of 30 ​each. Please help us by sharing this offer widely.

You can choose from these (click on the links to see the full table of contents of each issue): 

Winter 1976-77: Why did Golda Meir leave us a legacy of Zionism without feminism? The politics behind the Conservative movement’s endless debate over ordaining women rabbis. Cynthia Ozick argues brilliantly for women’s rights in Judaism. A vindication! Time to explore how I.B. Singer’s adored work is soaked through with misogyny. ​

23-1989-spring_smallSpring 1989: Family systems: ​P​ioneer therapist Olga Silverstein on life, love and Jewish identity; Harriet Lerner on sisters pressed to achieve. The hit drama “Shayna Maidel” and its fractured families. Campus life for Jewish women: our insider’s guide. Gender, politics and power in Jerusalem through the eyes of E.M. Broner, Bella Abzug and more.

Winter 2002-03: Jewish daughters and their African-American nannies tell stories of love and intimacy. Being the Catholic mother in a Jewish family. Praying for protection: sexual abuse by a Jewish father. The matronymic metamorphosis: what to name your child, and the importance of a mother’s surname. 

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July 7, 2016 by

Tell Us! What Is a Jewish Feminist Object?

jewfemobjectsMaybe it’s lurking in your basement—or your subconscious. A baby carrier with tzitzit? Your IUD? Your Tia Malka’s cooking spoon? Tefillin Barbie? The pants you wore to your bat mitzvah? 

From the totally transgressive to the completely obvious, we want them all, in the full range of our identities—ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual, geographic, religious, tragical, comical.

Don’t hold back! Baby Jewish feminists need your wisdom. Send nominations to 40objects@Lilith.org with your name and the why behind the object(s). We’re standing by to select 40 for Lilith’s fall issue—kicking off the magazine’s 40th anniversary year.

For some samples of ​Lilith writing on objects and material culture​ (stuff we’ve loved in the past)​, see these articles:

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December 24, 2015 by

Read This Before Making Another End-Of-Year Donation

Before you write another end-of-year check, here’s a selection of articles to help you think about how to give, what to give, and to whom you should give.
 
A ninth-grader derives tzedakah lessons as she sorts through her family’s philanthropy.
 
Susan Weidman Schneider on learning value from a New Orleans street performer.
 
Why is women’s charity undervalued in the Jewish community? Perhaps it’s because they give differently from men.
 
But what if you’re Jewish and you don’t have any money??
 
Feminist Philanthropy
Some farseeing female philanthropists are putting their tzedakah where their personal politics are. 
 

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September 16, 2015 by

End-of-Year/Start-of-Year Improvements

During these Days of Awe (and contemplation), here is some reading we hope will guide your introspection and prepare you for the new year.

by Leah Koenig
“Rosh Hashanah always sneaks up on me. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to engage in serious self-preparation for the holiday…But nearly every year, I find myself in synagogue on Erev Rosh Hashanah, feeling slightly bewildered and attempting a crash course in tshuvah.”
 
by Maya Bernstein
“Jews around the world are involved in spiritual preparation, returning to God, returning to the selves they wish to be. So, I feel, it is an especially fitting time for me to return. Except that I’m returning to work.”
 
by Rabbi Susan Schnur with Marcia Falk
Guided by the poems of Leah Goldberg, Malka Heifetz Tussman, and Zelda, liturgist Marcia Falk and Rabbi Susan Schnur create a new vision of spiritual turning that focuses on water…and women in conversation.
 
Did the biblical heroine Hannah, mother of Samuel, whose story we revisit each Rosh Hashanah, suffer from anorexia nervosa?
 
by Modesty Blasé
“I have been thinking about my tombstone. Every year, during these days surrounding Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur I get a little nervous.”
 
by Barbara Stock
“On Rosh Hashana I drove alone to Lake Michigan to perform tashlikh. But I left the lake feeling that I needed to return, so I went again the next day. Oddly, something was still missing for me. On the day before Yom Kippur, I found myself at the lake again.”

 

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July 1, 2015 by

Happy Canada Day!

In honor of Canada Day, here’s an assortment of Lilith articles with Canadian content. Hope you enjoy! 

Evolving from Bystander to Rescuer
by Susan Weidman Schneider
On Gail Asper and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which focuses on Jews, on women, on hunger and trafficking, and on oppressed minorities around the world.

“Never Tell Anyone”: A Comedienne Breaks Her Family Taboo 
by Frannie Sheridan
Her stand-up shtick blows her traumatized family’s “Catholic” cover. Fear and fury ensue. 

Earth Mamas
by Alisha Kaplan
The author on her mother’s Canadian farm and Jews who long for country life. 

Sorrel Summer 
by Marlene B. Samuels
Summering in the Laurentian Mountains, the author’s Holocaust survivor mother’s remembers sorrel soup in pre-War Romania.

Canada’s Parliament Fixes Jewish Divorces
by Elaine Kalman Naves
On the fight for the enactment in August 1990 of the only national law anywhere in the world reducing obstacles to Jewish divorce.

Golden Words: Q&A With Author, Editor, Activist Nora Gold
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The Canadian author on her novel Fields of Exile, about anti-Israelism in academe.

Returning to the Garden
by Chana Widawski
Outside New York, Toronto, and Baltimore, Jews are farming in communities that merge ecology and social justice.

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June 10, 2015 by

Coming-Out Stories, the Talmud’s POV on Gender, New Rituals, and More

The Lilith archive includes first-person coming-out stories, memoirs of “crossroads” experiences, the Talmud’s surprising POV on gender identity, and new rituals, ceremonies, and liturgies. 
 
Dive in!

Why We’re Not Getting Married 
by Martha Ackelsberg and Judith Plaskow

Fall 2004
“We fully believe that gays and lesbians should have the right to marry, and we celebrate the fact that a significant barrier to our full citizenship has fallen. But we’re not getting married. “

Coming Out in the Orthodox World: Our Lesbian Wedding
by Tamar A. Prager

Summer 2006
Here’s how one lesbian couple—wanting the blessings both of their parents and of Jewish tradition—melded Judaism and their gay identity.

What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Like Me Doing in a Man’s Body?
by Joy Ladin

Winter 2009-2010
The complicated story of becoming a woman gives a whole new dimension to Rabbi Hillel’s famous creed, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?”

What to Call the Rabbi’s Lesbian Partner?
Fall 2012
by Mel Weiss
“I’d thought once that the issue of what to call myself as a grown-up would be settled once I discovered the word ‘Ms.’”

“Coming Out” in the Jewish Family
by Carla Cantor

Summer 1989
As many lesbians discover, being true to oneself has a price… Jewish families have both a harder—and an easier—time accepting gay children.

Gay Rights are a Natural Extension of Jewish Feminism
by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Spring 2005
“This is the idea that I grew up with: that Judaism should be fully accessible to all of us.”

Being Out as a Jew in Lesbian Circles
by Melanie Weiss

Summer 2006
In some settings, it’s more acceptable to be gay than to be Jewish. 

Two Lesbian Women and Their Pretty Straight Wedding 
by Susan Sapiro

Winter 1997-1998
What distinguished this ceremony from many other gay and lesbian weddings is that Michelle and Aimee are halachically committed Jews.

Transgender Jews: A Special Section
On gender in Eden, the Talmud’s 7 genders, the rituals and policies of transgender Jews, and how synagogues can become more comfortable spaces for trans people.

Gender in Genesis by Gwynn Kessler
What the Talmud Says about Gender Ambiguity by Alana Suskin
In the Image of God by Danya Ruttenberg
Shul Matters by Micah Bazant
“Today I am a Man” Takes on New Meaning by Danya Ruttenberg

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December 24, 2014 by

Know This Already?

 
Gloria Steinem said it well: ”Lilith offers scholarship for argument and women’s personal voices for enlightenment; and it does all of this with anger and delight, good writing and humor.”
 
But you knew that already.
 
On every page, Lilith boldly explores the lives of Jewish women and men: from Jewish feet to why Beyonce matters to how to do justice with our money to mikveh rights to what our clothes signify about us.

 

In Lilith you encounter the life stories of women like–and decidedly unlike–yourself. 
 
Lilith illuminates paths to a female-friendly Judaism:
  • One former Lilith intern says she never would have spoken at her grandmother’s funeral if not for the permission she received from Lilith’s articles.
  • A culture-shaper in her 30s writes that “Reading Lilith I knew that I didn’t have to leave the Jewish world to be a feminist.
  • A well-known painter tells Lilith, “Thank you for provocative, sensitive stories. I find inspiration for my imagery in your words.”
  • A literature professor says she can introduce her students to Israeli women writers because Lilith translates and publishes their short stories.
 
And Lilith does this on a bare-bones budget, with a small and devoted staff.
 
Be part of this exciting work. 
 
Make your tax-deductible contribution to Lilith online at Lilith.org 
or by calling (888) 2-LILITH.
 
Since 1976, Lilith has been sustained by people like you. You make this possible. 
 
We thank you deeply for you support, and so do the thousands of readers and thinkers who appreciate the magazine as you do. 

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