Jewish Women's Encyclopedia Released, from JTA

Monday, July 2, 2007

A new encyclopedia of Jewish women's history has been published. 

"A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia of Jewish Women" was launched Thursday at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. It was put out by Shalvi Publications and sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive. 

The encyclopedia, available only on CD-ROM, was edited by Paula Hyman of Yale University and Dalia Ofer of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

It contains more than 3 million words and 2,000 articles and entries, including biographies of great Jewish women through the ages and discussions of contemporary issues relating to women's status in Judaism such as nuptial agreements, fertility treatments and modern approaches to mikvah.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.