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The Women's Passover Companion

Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom

Edited by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Tara Mohr, and Catherine Spector
Foreword by Paula E. Hyman

6 x 9, 352 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-231-9

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A powerful—and empowering—gathering of women’s voices transmitting
Judaism’s Passover legacy to the next generation.
The Women’s Passover Companion offers an in-depth examination of women’s relationships to Passover as well as the roots and meanings of women’s seders. This groundbreaking collection captures the voices of Jewish women—rabbis, scholars, activists, political leaders and artists—who engage in a provocative conversation about the themes of the Exodus and exile, oppression and liberation, history and memory, as they relate to contemporary women’s lives.
Whether seeking new insights into the text and traditions of Passover or learning about women’s seders for the first time, both women and men will find this collection an inspiring introduction to the Passover season and an eye-opening exploration of questions central to Jewish women, to Passover and to Judaism itself.
Contributors include:
Martha Ackelsberg • Judith R. Baskin • Ruth Behar • Esther Broner • Kim Chernin  Phyllis Chesler • Judith Clark • Tamara Cohen • Dianne Cohler-Esses
Ophira Edut • Leora Eisenstadt • Merle Feld • Lynn Gottlieb • Leah Haber Bonna Devora Haberman • Susannah Heschel • Norma Baumel Joseph
Chavi Karkowsky • Janna Kaplan • Ruth Kaplan • Erika Katske • Sharon Kleinbaum Lori Lefkovitz • Haviva Ner-David • Carol Ochs • Vanessa L. Ochs
Judith Plaskow • Letty Cottin Pogrebin • Lilly Rivlin • Judith Rosenbaum
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso • Leah Shakdiel • Ela Thier • Judith Wachs
Margaret Moers Wenig • Jenya Zolot-Gassko • Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
“Inspires us to ask the questions and tell the stories of Jewish women who were unable to speak or tell their own stories.... Powerful and empowering.”
Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal
“An extraordinary, powerful harvest of women’s wisdom! This collection belongs at the seder of everyone who wishes to celebrate and elevate the courage, heroism and insight of our mothers and sisters, and open a conversation with generations to come.”
Rabbi Marcia Prager, author, The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and
Abundance of the Divine;
 director and dean, ALEPH Rabbinic Program
“This Passover ‘companion’ for women will be useful to those who desire a new women’s Haggadah and ritual or those who simply seek to better understand the feminist themes of the traditional liturgy.”
Publishers Weekly
“Although written by and primarily for women, anyone interested in the contemporary Jewish search for meaning in the tradition should pay attention to these books.”
Dr. Arthur Green, author, Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow and other books
 “The groundbreaking work of infusing women’s voices and perspectives into the seder celebration has only just begun. Mazel tov to the editors for this useful gathering of voices!”
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor, The Women’s Torah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Tara Mohr and Catherine Spector first worked together as organizers of Jewish Women at Yale and as leaders of Yale University’s beloved and inspiring women’s seder. Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is currently the associate dean for student life at the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Tara Mohr is currently an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing her studies on social entrepreneurship. Catherine Spector is currently a lawyer in Chicago and was, during college, part of the steering committee for Yale’s two national conferences on Jewish women.

 

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