A Breath of Life

Feminism in the American Jewish Community

Sylvia Barack Fishman

A Breath of Life

Sylvia Barack Fishman

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

320 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780874517064 Published March 1995
Today’s Jewish women, successfully availing themselves of the increased educational and occupational opportunities that feminism has encouraged, feel a new sense of self and entitlement. Yet as feminist advances have opened possibilities, they also have called into question traditional roles. The challenge to Jewish women today is to preserve the Jewish community and guarantee its survival while creating meaningful new social and spiritual models that respond to feminist enlightenment. Drawing on interviews with Jewish women from eighteen to eighty across the United States, as well as on new demographic data, scholarship, literature, and media, A Breath of Life explores the full panorama of contemporary options for Jewish women striving to combine community family and individual needs. A Jewish Book Club selection.
Contents
Preface • Acknowledgments • Discovering Jewish Feminism • Contemplating Marriage • Choosing Jewish Parenthood• Working, Volunteering, and Jewish Living • Broadening Sexual and Gender Roles • Sanctifying Women’s Lives • Praying with Women’s Voices • Educating the New Jewish Women • Breaking Through Jewish Ceilings • Balancing Jewish and Feminist Goals • Tables • Notes • Index
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