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December 13, 2018 by

7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018

I don’t need to tell readers of Lilith that parts of this year have been soul-crushing for Jewish feminists.  In 2018 we mourned those massacred at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and many of us gnashed our teeth about antisemitism in our own feminist movements.

But Jewish feminist hope, grit, and creative resistance were also part of 2018. As the secular year winds down, let’s remember and celebrate all that has healed and nourished our souls. Here’s my annual list of 7 Jewish feminist highlights (7 being the number associated with creation and blessing in Jewish tradition):

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September 26, 2018 by

Notorious RBG

This first-ever retrospective exhibition about trailblazing Supreme Court Justice turned-cultural-icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and created in partnership with its authors, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The exhibition explores the American legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of RBG’s personal experiences and public service. It tells the parallel stories of her remarkable life and her efforts to expand “We the People” to include those long left out of the U.S. Constitution’s promises. October 19, 2018–March 10, 2019 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. skirball.org.

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April 12, 2018 by

A Prayer for RBG’s Long Life —and Our Pursuit of Justice

On February 1, 2018, the pews of the synagogue in Washington, DC were packed. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg —known to some her of her adoring fans at the Notorious RBG — was about to be interviewed at Adas Israel Congregation by the Forward’s editor in chief, Jane Eisner. Rather than introducing the speakers in a traditional way, Kathleen Peratis brought both Eisner and Ginsburg on stage and proceeded to read this prayer. Written by Abigail Pogrebin in response to an invitation from Lilith, it is a paean to the longest-sitting Jewish Supreme Court justice, and an articulation of the hope that she — and her presence on the court — provide. 


At a time as disquieting as this,

When so many of us feel deflated, shaken,

worried for our future,

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When we almost can’t remember what it’s like to go a day without name-calling, without lies, harshness, or callousness.

When we’re nostalgic for those halcyon years of complete sentences, dignified statesmanship, acts of empathy,

We still look to you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg—yeshiva-girl-turned-legendary-justice, RBG icon, fighter for the powerless and wronged.

May you go from strength to strength because you have been ours.

May you live many more years because you make the world brighter, fairer, kinder….Because we need you.

— ABIGAIL POGREBIN

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