LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women
An exhibition celebrating more than 25 years of charting Jewish women’s
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan
February 10 – June 27, 2003
Opening Reception: February 11, 6-8 pm; program at 7 pm
LILITH: What Does it Mean for a Magazine to Have a Mission?
with Editor-in-Chief Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-at-Large Susan Schnur,
and Evelyn Torton Beck
LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women, an exhibition celebrating more
than 25 years of the award-winning independent Jewish women’s magazine,
will be on view at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
from February 10 through June 27, 2003. The exhibition, which documents the
impact of feminist Jewish journalism during the pivotal years 1976-2001, includes
fine art illustrations for the magazine, original manuscripts, iconic photographs,
and memorabilia supporting Jewish women’s roles in the world. It addresses
diverse topics such as women rabbis and cantors, women and Jewish ritual, Jewish
community, public celebrations, scholarship, health and healing, images of Jewish
women, “unheard” women of the Diaspora, intimate relationships,
and body image.
Premiere Issue of Lilith Magazine
“LILITH Magazine is the activist public voice for a changing community
of Jewish women. With compassion and forthright reporting LILITH tackles controversial
issues that are frequently ignored or discredited. LILITH has created a forum
in which divergent opinions can be heard without censure, in which women, often
isolated within their own communities, are reassured and directed to the resolution
of their situations. LILITH is not the traditional ‘self-help’ magazine.
Through thought-provoking articles, first-hand memories, and feisty letters
LILITH has created a roadmap of opportunities for contemporary women,”
remarked Laura Kruger, Curator of the exhibition.
With a circulation of 10,000, LILITH Magazine presents investigative reports
on breaking news such as “J.A.P.” baiting on college campuses, clergy
abuse, body image and eating disorders, and breast cancer; news briefs; memoirs;
first-person stories; reviews of books, film, and music; fiction, poetry, art,
and photography. In addition to showcasing the work of writers such as Cynthia
Ozick, Grace Paley, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Nessa Rapoport, Blu Greenberg, Allegra
Goodman, and Myla Goldberg, the magazine presents the works of emerging Jewish
women writers and “forgotten” writers.
“We are thrilled that Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
in mounting this exhibit, recognizes how LILITH has shaped both Jewish life
and women’s lives,” says Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-in-Chief
and one of the founding mothers of LILITH Magazine.
Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm; Fridays, 9 am - 3 pm
Selected Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm: March 2, 16; April 6, 27
Admission: Free. Photo ID required for entrance.
Curated tours for reporters/editors, group tours, and additional information:
At 7 pm:
March 12 – “The Womantasch! Reclaiming Purim,” with Rabbi
April 3 – “Too Smart, Too Loud, Too JAPpy? Moving Beyond the Stereotypes,”
with Susan Weidman Schneider
May 7 – “Bringing in the Beat: An Evening of New Jewish Women’s
For more information, please call (212) 824-2293.