The Jewish Resistance Collection

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Jewish Feminism Collections

The Special Collections department of the Brandeis Library has a current focus on collecting material related to Jewish feminism, which has been a subject of great interest (with successful and well-attended events related to Lilith magazine, whose archives are at Brandeis, and the American Jewish and Israeli Feminism Archives Collaborative). A few of the rich collections related to Jewish feminism include the following:

Lilith magazine records:

This collection is comprised of material documenting the operations of Lilith, a Jewish feminist periodical that began publication in 1976. Documents include original notebooks, correspondence, interviews, manuscripts, ephemera and a book collection, which shed light on the research and resources behind numerous Lilith articles on topics ranging from Passover Haggadahs and conversion to Judaism to the Israeli feminist movement and women’s health. The collection also contains manuscripts, typescripts, and correspondence with Lilith writers and readers, including material from Jewish women worldwide who were interested in reporting on local news and culture for the magazine. Administrative files show the operations of Lilith and contain meeting minutes, mission statements, press releases, and fan mail, among other material.

 Marcia Freedman papers:

The Marcia Freedman papers consist of journals, speeches, lecture notes, correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, and research files created by Marcia Freedman, an American-Israeli activist and feminist. The collection also contains many articles about Freedman, including newspaper clippings, as well as book reviews for her memoir Exile in the Promised Land. Of particular note are materials documenting her feminist roots, files relating to her election to the Knesset in Israel in 1973 and her founding of the Women’s Party in Israel in 1977, as well as autobiographical writings throughout the collection. Material dates from the late 1960s to the 2010s. There is also some audiovisual material and born-digital mixed media files. Collection is predominantly in English, though there are also many newspaper clippings in Hebrew; some European languages are also represented.

 Aviva Cantor papers

The Aviva Cantor papers consists of research materials, records relating to organizations and conferences, publication drafts and correspondence, and recordings, all broadly related to Aviva Cantor’s work as a feminist activist, particularly dealing with women’s roles and feminist issues within Judaism. The bulk of the collection pertains to Aviva Cantor’s research, including notes, clippings, and collected scholarly articles; and to Aviva Cantor’s own writing, including drafts of published materials, collected sources and notes, and publication correspondence and publicity. The materials range in date from the 1970s to the 1990s.

 E.M. Broner papers

The collection concerns the writings, rituals, and correspondence of E.M. Broner. The component relating to the writings of E.M. Broner includes manuscripts and published books, articles, stories, and poetry. It also includes criticism, reviews, and publicity of E.M. Broner’s work as well as her reviews of the work of other authors. A second component relates to E.M. Broner’s rituals and includes sources of information used in the construction of her rituals and texts, photographs, recordings, and artifacts related to the rituals, particularly the Women’s Seder and Women’s Haggadah. A third important component includes the correspondence of E.M Broner with her associates and family.