In this issue: As Lilith celebrates its 18th birthday, Susan Weidman Schneider looks back at how Lilith has changed with the times. Meet some of the young Jewish feminists who are changing the future. Fresh feminist ways to think about bat mitzvahs: improving on tradition, a mother and daughter understand this rite together, and coping as a family.


What were the texts and experiences that shaped these notable women into feminist Jews? Crystallizing the moment revealed by Cynthia Ozick, Marge Piercy, Bella Abzug, Francine Klagsbrun, Susannah Heschel, E.M. Broner, Aviva Cantor, Marcia Falk, Evelyn Torton Beck, Barbara Levy Kipper, Harriet Lerner, Alicia Ostriker, Faye Moskowitz, Vanessa Ochs, Alexandra Lebenthal, Lynne Landsberg, Riv-Ellen Prell, Judith Plaskow, Nessa Rapoport, Peninnah Schram, Alice Shalvi and Savina J. Teubal.

Lilith Looks Back

by Susan Weidman Schneider

A look back over the changes of the last 18 years by Lilith's Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder. Who was there in the beginning and what has changed with the times?

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Women to Watch During the Next 18 Years

by Rebecca M. Wand

Meet some of the energetic, focused and effective Jewish feminists born just a few years before LILITH. They’re changing the future: photographing in the Dead Sea, organizing nonagenarian women in a nursing home, lampooning their oppressors onstage. Hey! Can you believe how motivated and fearless they are? Calanit Dovere, Julie Blane, Lauren Eichler, Shana Sippy, Rachel Dobkin, Loolwa Khazzoom, Deborah Morgan, Deborah Rosenwald Levy, Allegra Goodman, Ruth Gerson, Jennifer Kolsky, Diane Kaston and Yael Ridberg.

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Resource List for Jewish Women’s Education

compiled by Sharon Musher

We’d never have found a listing like this 18 years ago! Jewish women are the best educated women in North America (by a long shot); here’s where we can go to fill in the gaps—-large and larger—-in our Jewish education.

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Boomers & Bat Mitzvahs

Women who turned to Lilith 12 years ago now flood our phone lines to brainstorm about the next rite de passage: bat and bar mitzvah. Readers request two kinds of help: concrete ideas and a fresh nw way to think about the whole thing. Here, both "trees" and "forest"

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Jewish Judys & Judiths

by Judy Brodkey

An elite group, these J’s and J’s. No Susans or Robins need apply for membership, but the author generously offers to share her expertise in homonymic organizing (much more fun than it sounds).

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