The Womantasch! Reclaiming Purim
Rabbi Susan Schnur
March 12, 2003 at 7:00 pm
Admission free, Photo ID required for entrance
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)
New York City
Here's a quick quiz on Purim, the holiday that most of us associate
with Queen Esther, costume parties and revelries:
1. Did you know that hamantaschen have nothing to do with a villain's
pockets (or hat)?
They're actually ancient fertility pastries stuffed with seeds,
and it's no accident that we still make them in a classically female
2. Why was Vashti was right?
Would you want to take of your clothes in front of a horde of
This is no Purim parody. In a pre-Purim celebration on March 12
at 7:00 pm, Rabbi Susan Schnur offers a shalach manos gift:
a platter of Purim insights. Here's the whole Megillah, deconstructed
and reconstructed as never before.
Rabbi Schnur, Editor at Large of LILITH, the independent Jewish
women's magazine, and a Reconstructionist rabbi, will explore, in
an interactive evening, the underlying dynamic of the Purim story.
This program is part of the just-launched exhibit Lilith Magazine:
The Voice of Jewish Women."
Rabbi Schnur re-connects the holiday with its mythological roots.
(Bet you didn't know that Esther is a latter-day Astarte) and helps
contemporary Jews understand the connection between the two women
in the Purim story and the issues all adolescent girls confront.
"Though previous feminist analyses of Purim have discussed the
sexism in the original story," says LILITH Editor-in-Chief Susan
Weidman Schneider, "until now no one has enabled us to understand
this holiday by melding together Jewish sources, feminism, mythology,
baking, and contemporary psychological thinking about women's journeys.
Rabbi Susan Schnur's introduction to Purim will be exciting an informative-but
most important, it'll be fun for all."
The Womantasch! Reclaiming Purim is taking place in conjunction
with LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women, an exhibition celebrating
more than 25 years of the award-winning independent Jewish women's
magazine, on view at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion Museum from 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.
LILITH, the award-winning, nonprofit, independent national Jewish
women's magazine has been the voice of feminism for Jews since 1976.
Jewish women and girls see new roles for themselves in its investigative
reports, edgy scholarship, memoirs, news briefs, original fiction
and poetry, reviews and resource listings, and a very lively take
on traditions, celebrations, and social change.
Mondays - Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm;
Fridays, 9 am - 3 pm
Selected Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm: March 2, 16; April 6, 27 12 - 4
pm: March 9
Admission: Free. Photo ID required for entrance.
Curated tours for reporters/editors, group tours, and additional
information: (212) 824-2205.
For further information about this and other programs associated
with LILITH Magazine: The Voice of Jewish Women, please call 212-284-2293
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org