MY JEWISH NAME combines essay, fiction and poetry into a narrative of reconnection with Judaism through an understanding of the Jewish women's vital role as authors of Jewish text. The work is derived from my dissertation at The Union Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, The Ever changing and the Everlasting: One Jewish Awakening the the Culture of Multi-Culturalism, (University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI, 1994.)
I've presented my work on Jewish literature and Jewish identity at The Workman's Circle, The National Women's Studies Association, The Western and Mid-Western Jewish Studies Associations, The Santa Monica Public Library, The Beyond Baroque Foundation, The Society for Humanistic Judaism, The University of Northern Iowa. My essay, "Resisting Rome: The Gift of Muriel Rukeyser's Jewishness" received honorable mention in the Dora Teitelboim Foundation Jewish Cultural Writing Contest in 1998 and was published in The Canadian Jewish Outlook.
Here are some excerpts:
from ROSH CHODESH
we sing write prayers
from LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
I learn The Holy Letters
Both Rosh Chodesh and Learning the Language are included
in my poetry collection THE VAST UNKNOWING,
available from me personally.
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