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Jewish Feminisms/American Visions:
Perspectives from Fifty Years of Activism

March 13 – March 15, 2019
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Jewish Communal Leadership Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, working in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Archive, present Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Perspectives from Fifty Years of Activism. This historic event brings together 36 pioneering and contemporary feminist activists, leaders, and thinkers to consider the role of Jewish identity in the framing and development of second wave American feminism. Building on the interpretations offered by historian Joyce Antler in her recent book, "Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women's Liberation Movement", activists from the 1960s through today will reexamine the contexts, experiences, and identities that went into creating American feminism and its impact on Jewish culture, politics, and religion.

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Welcome from Karla Goldman and Introduction to Symposium from Joyce Antler

From Radical to Feminist with Heather Booth, Vivian Rothstein, Miriam Hawley, Marilyn Webb with Moderator Deborah Dash Moore

Moderator: Deborah Dash Moore

Periphery and Core: The View from Ann Arbor

With Karen Brodkin, Debra Kaufman, Ellen Meetopol, Rayna Rapp

Moderator: Marla Brettschneider

Adding Jewish to Feminist

With Martha Ackelsberg, Rabbi Maralee Gordon, Clare Kinberg, Judith Plaskow

Moderator: Kate Rosenblatt

Claiming Identities: Lesbian Jews, Radical Politics, and Secular Jewish Culture

With Evelyn Torton Beck, Elana Dykewomon, Irena Klepfisz, Alicia Svigals

Moderator: Alice Mishkin

Feminism/Jewish Feminisms and the Complication(s) of Israel

With Joyce Antler, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ruth Tsoffar

Moderator: Judith Rosenbaum

Contemporary Leaders Consider the Legacies of Feminism

With Rabbi Alana Alpert, April Baskin, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae, Judith Rosenbaum, Tilly Shames

Moderator: Samira Mehta


Presented with the support of the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and other generous co-sponsors.

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