Fall/Winter 1985-86/5746

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In this issue: Why the Wild West was liberating for Jewish women. Jewish pioneer women used their unique historical opportunities to shape their own lives. Breaking the male monopoly on Jewish leadership: investigative reports and extensive interviews with women volunteers and professional staff across the nation. Meet Rabbi Amy Eilberg, the first female Conservative rabbi.

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Power Plays: Breaking the Male Monopoly of Jewish Community Leadership

by Aviva Cantor with Reena Sigman Friedman

LILITH reports from the front lines on women’s struggle to wrest power from—-and share responsibility with—-the men who make the decisions for North American Jews. Based on extensive interviews with women lay leaders and professionals across the nation.

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Riding High

by Harriet Rochlin

Was the West liberating for Jewish women? Finally a historian focuses in on the pioneer Jewish women of the American West, revealing how they used their unique historical opportunities to shape their own lives and the embryonic Jewish communities they helped create.

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Exploring the Link between Womanhood and the Rabbinate: Lilith interviews the first woman ordained in the conservative movement

by Raye T. Katz

LILITH interviews Rabbi Amy Eilberg, the first woman to become a rabbi in the Conservative movement, and gets her views on the implications of the ordination victory for American Jews. Eilberg discusses how a woman’s perspective and experience may affect the rabbinate and Judaism in general and the conflicts she sees between tradition and feminism in dealing with liturgy and central aspects of Jewish law (such as divorce).

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A Most Traditional Denial

poetry by Devorah Harris

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