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Jewish Women's History

Women in Jewish history, ancient to modern, and notable women of Jewish background.
  1. The Bible and Women's Hi...
  2. Jewish Women in the Civi...
  3. Ida Straus (2)
  4. Anne Frank
  5. Lilith (17)
  6. Women and the Concentrat...

Edith Stein
Edith Stein, executed by the Nazis at Auschwitz for her Jewish heritage, had converted to Roman Catholicism and was a Carmelite nun at the time of her arrest by the Gestapo.

Watermarks - A Review
A review of the documentary Watermarks, the story of women swimmers of the Austrian Jewish sports club, Hakoah, before Hitler's takeover of Austria.

Fannie Hurst
A profile of Fannie Hurst, writer, part of a collection of profiles on notable women in history.

Mary the Jewess
Mary the Jewess was an alchemist, the first known alchemist in history, who invented processes and apparatuses that were used later. Her story became something of a legend in later Arabic and Christian writings.

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg, born just 18 months after her mother was liberated from Auschwitz, is not only a successful business executive and fashion designer, but a generous contributor to such causes as the Holocaust Museum and the Anti-Defamation League.

Women in the Bible and Jewish History
From About.com's Guide to Jewish History, some key women of the Bible, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes: Jewish American Feminist
About Guide to Judaism, Lisa Katz, presents an article written by Fuentes on her early life as a Jewish immigrant.

Lilith Magazine
Lilith Magazine has been a voice for Jewish feminism since 1976.

Simone Weil Quotes
Quotes from Simone Weil, a philosopher and mystic of Jewish heritage who opposed the Germans in World War II.

Family and Society in Ancient Israel
Information on the patriarchal organization of the family and on marriage in ancient Hebrew culture. Illustrated with a Botticelli detail.

Hebrews: Marriage
Marriage customs in ancient Israel, emphasizing the patrilineal nature of many customs, including polygyny.

Jewish Women in America: Bibliography
Bibliography, including a list of library collections on the topic of Jewish women in America.

History of Jewish Women in America
Annotated bibliography and guide to archival resources on the history of Jewish women in America.

Jewish Women of the Southwest
David Goldblatt tells of Jewish women who have helped to shape today's U.S. Southwest.

Jewish Women's Archive: Women of Valor
Biographies of "trailblazing Jewish Women" from Bella Abzug to Gertrude Weil. Most articles include biographical information and illustrations.

Jonas, Regina: Collective Amnesia
How the world's first woman rabbi has been nearly forgotten to history.

Little Jewish Girl in the Russian Pale 1890
Mary Antin writes of her life in Jewish Russia.

Miriam's Cup
A description of the rather recent custom of celebrating Miriam as part of the Passover Seder.

Partisans and Resistance Fighters
Women who resisted or fought against the Holocaust.

Story of an Assassination (1914)
Marie Sukloff describes her assassination of a governor responsible for leading pogroms against the Jews.

Women in Palestine
Using stories and legends of Eve, in and out of the canonical Bible, and ancient images, the author discusses images of women and goddesses.

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