In this issue: Why are so many well-educated, financially solvent Jewish women choosing to be single mothers. Teen girls come of age in the 1950s, 60s, 80s and 90s in a Minnesota shtetl, an Iraqi family in LA, on a summer camp rights march and in Streisand fandom.

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Dating Mike Epstein

by Diane Lutovich

What’s the only Jewish girl in Hibbing, Minnesota gonna do for a sanctioned social life? Get shipped to Duluth for the ritual Saturday night grope.

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“Maybe I could be-like Barbra – Gawjus!”

by Marcy Sheiner

Barbra (unfixed nose & all) gave Jewish female faces, and their owners, a new self-respect. Here’s how one fan worshipped her idol.

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Coming of Age as an Iraqi Jew in California

by Loolwa Khazzoom

When multiculturalism was not yet a buzzword, it was hard to be young and Iraqi in Hebrew schools and youth groups where "Jewish" meant "Ashkenazi." Harder still to be young, female, and passionate about prayer in the Iraqi synagogue where only men and boys had value.

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Young Teens Take Back the Night

by Enid Schatz with Susan Schnur

YAY! The 90’s are here! All the injustices of the previous decades can be righted by learning, marching, defeating those old stereotypes—-a summer camp exercise where girls and boys together fight sexism and repair the world.

News to Turn the World

fiction by Katie Singer

"My friend knows a man what can make me an abortion." A mother’s unexpected umpteenth pregnancy in 1917 creates an unexpected poignancy for her oldest daughter. Though Singer’s piece is fiction, today’s threats to reproductive rights are not. LILITH takes a look at restrictive (and sometimes hidden) new anti-abortion legislation, and tells whom to contact, from the White House on down, to defend your rights.

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Jewish Single Mothers by Choice

by Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Headlines (and the Census Bureau) hail the new statistics: more middle class white women are choosing to have children alone. And Jewish women are over-represented in this new crop of well-educated, financially solvent single mothers by choice. Here’s why they’re doing it. PLUS—"You Don’t Have A Daddy, You Have A Donor," Rabbi Julie Greenberg’s communications with her young daughter.

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Rosh Hodesh

poetry by Lyn Lifshin

A trio to help us celebrate the New Moon, and our own bodies.

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