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In this issue: A special section on understanding motherloss: what happens to a girl when her mother dies young.  Daniel Belasco on his perfectly usual childhood in a Jewish lesbian household.  What the Conservative movement owes its women: a rabbi’s wife speaks out. Gypsy women share their stories. A 40th birthday party with a tzedakah fest.

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Noga, Israel’s Feminist Magazine

translated by Naomi Danis

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Among the Gypsies

by Toby Sonneman

"My counterparts," she calls German Gypsies, as they share recipes for kuchen and strudel, and a horrifyingly parallel legacy of attempted annihilation.

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Motherloss

A section exploring the reverberations through a lifetime when girl's mother dies prematurely

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Conservative Judaism’s Unfinished Business

by Mindell Kaplan (with Responsa from the Rabbis)

Stop! Just when you thought it was safe to use the new prayerbooks! A rabbi’s wife speaks her mind on injustices against women, and claims that he new manual for Conservative rabbis skirts the issues. With responsa from rabbis.

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Giving to Ethiopian Immigrant Children

by Michele Chabin

An American journalist in Jerusalem marks a milestone birthday creatively.

My Perfect Family: Two Moms

by Daniel Belasco

Belasco, one of a new generation of Jews raised in a lesbian household, is among the first to speak out about how normal his life was.

The Hudson River School of Tashlikh

In which a quintessential Upper West Side single Jewish woman casts away crumbs with rituals that renew her at Rosh Hashanah.

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Introducing FLASH Rosenberg

Introducing a humorist, cartoonist and "Bewilderness" guide.

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