Over the past year we’ve come across some great titles to enhance your collection of resources for Jewish women. A few goodies that stand out:
The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Rabbi Andrea Weiss, eds.)
Created in a partnership between the URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism, this commentary presents the women’s side of our story. Women of Reform Judaism commissioned the work of the world’s leading Jewish female Bible scholars, rabbis, historians, philosophers and archaeologists to provide comprehensive commentary, authored only by women, on the Five Books of Moses, including individual Torah portions as well as the Hebrew and English translation.
Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Women in Jewish Organizational Life Shifra Bronznick, Didi Goldenhar, and Marty Linsky, eds.)
Paints a picture of gender bias in North America’s Jewish organizations, and explains why more equitable environments are essential to the success of these organizations and the long term health of the Jewish community. It also presents comprehensive strategies for anyone — executives, staff, lay leaders, volunteers — who wants to build an action plan for change within their own organization.
New Jewish Feminism (Elyse Goldstein, ed.)
“Growing up in the 1960s, the notion of a woman rabbi, a woman Israeli Supreme Court judge, an Orthodox female Talmud scholar, or an Orthodox synagogue where women read the Torah from their side of the mechitzah were impossible, even ridiculous scenarios. Yet in the modern day, all of this is reaching the stage of “normative.” What’s left for Jewish feminism to accomplish?” Join Jewish women from all areas of Jewish life as they examine what makes a “Jewish woman” today, how feminism has affected her identity and whether the next generation of Jewish women is braced to tackle the challenging work still ahead.
Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality (Leora Tanenbaum)
From one of Third Wave feminism’s most respected thinkers, comes an eye-opening look at women and religion today
A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book (Aliza Lavie)
A beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, including:
Special prayers for the Sabbath, holidays, and important dates of the Jewish year
Prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth
Prayers for companionship, love, and fertility
Prayers for healing, strength, and personal growth
Prayers for daily reflection and thanksgiving
Prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.