Gila Gevirtz

Something Good from Hebrew School

It was 1960, and I had never heard of Chanah Senesh, a Hungarian born poet who lived in Eretz Yisrael and parachuted behind Nazi lines in World War II. When my Hebrew school teacher handed me her biography, Chanah Senesh by Aharon Megged, little did I suspect that she would soon become my role model and her name my definition of a woman of valor. The picture on the book cover—of a soulful schoolgirl daydreaming of Judah Maccabee— said it all. I too yearned to be a hero of my people and I too thought of men as the embodiment of my dream. Although the book was in Hebrew, a huge challenge for me, I made my way through every last page, driven by an urgent sense of new possibilities.

Gila Gevirtz’s most recent book Partners with God (Behrman House), was written for Jewish school children and their families. She is writing a series of dramatic pieces for adults and stories for children based on women of the Bible.

Sugar & Spice – and Beyond

The articles in this special section:

Girls Who Thought about Sex

Barbara Brenner

They were all Orthodox

Deborah Brodie

So I Had to Write it Myself

Floreva G. Cohen

Safe in America

Paula J. Caplan

Sarah Was My Soulmate

Rebecca Goldstein

God Will Have to Allow It

Esther Hautzig

The Impact of Reality

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Jewish Rabbits

Rachel Kadish

Searching for Jewish Clues

Johanna Hurwitz

The Book under My Pillow

Leslea Newman

Please Write One More…

Elizabeth Michaelson

Deborah & Letty

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Feminist (But Not Jewish)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Jewish (But Not Feminist)

Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Books for the 90s

Sara N.S. Meirowitz