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.
“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 Susan Schnur
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 Music”
For more information, please call (212) 824-2293.