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The Women's Seder Sourcebook

Rituals & Readings for Use at the Passover Seder

Edited by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Tara Mohr, and Catherine Spector

6 x 9, 384 pp, Paperback
978-1-58023-232-6

                 

 

 

With diverse and robust voices, women are reclaiming their place at the seder table. This complete sourcebook and guide shows you how to do it, too.
For the first time, contemporary Jewish women’s writings on the Passover seder are gathered in one comprehensive and compelling sourcebook—an unprecedented and powerful resource for those planning a women’s seder and those seeking to infuse their Passover celebration with the creative and courageous voices of Jewish women.
Arranged according to the order of the seder, this practical guide gathers the voices of more than one hundred women in readings, personal and creative reflections, commentaries, blessings and ritual suggestions that can be incorporated into your Passover celebration as supplements to or substitutes for traditional passages of the haggadah. It also includes a detailed guide to planning a women’s seder, based on information from successful seder organizers around the world.
Whether you are organizing a women’s seder in your community or planning a family seder in your home, this inspiring and accessible resource will help you take an active role in re-creating the educational and spiritual experience of Passover—and in shaping Judaism’s future.
Contributors include:
Dr. Rachel Adler • Dr. Rebecca T. Alpert • Rabbi Renni S. Altman • Zoe Baird
Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck • Susan Berrin • Senator Barbara Boxer • Dr. Esther Broner
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin • Tamara Cohen • Anita Diamant • Dr. Carol Diament
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, PhD • Eve Ensler • Dr. Marcia Falk • Merle Feld
Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick • Rabbi Tirzah Firestone • Dr. Ellen Frankel • Nan Fink Gefen
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb • Dr. Susannah Heschel
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar • Rabbi Naamah Kelman • Naomi Klein • Irena Klepfisz
Maxine Kumin • Rabbi Noa Rachel Kushner • Rabbi Joy Levitt • Hadassah Lieberman
Ruth W. Messinger • Dr. Faye Moskowitz • Joan Nathan • Dr. Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Dr. Judith Plaskow • Marge Piercy • Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen • Anne Roiphe
Danya Ruttenberg • Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso • The Honorable Jan Schakowsky
Rabbi Susan Schnur • Rabbi Susan Silverman • Dr. Ellen M. Umansky
Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Dr. Chava Weissler • Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler
“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
“Widens the lens of Jewish learning and raises thought-provoking questions to bring new spirit to the observance of Passover.”
Jewish Journal (Boston)
“An exhilarating collection of readings.... I can no longer imagine a seder that does not incorporate these clear and compelling voices of the present alongside the familiar and revered voices of the past.”
Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture,
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
“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
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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