Discovering Di Froyen

Sarah Biskowitz

The fabled booklet Di Froyen Women and Yiddish: Tribute to the Past, Directions for the Future: Conference Proceedings, published in 1997, which records the Di froyen conference held October 28-29, 1995, reminds us of the conference’s legacy as a turning point for women in Yiddish. More than that, it underscores participants’ visionary goals and uphill work to achieve them. It also raises questions of gender, language, and power that continue to animate contemporary feminist Yiddishist debates.


Review of Women Writing Jewish Modernity by Allison Schachter

Jessica Kirzane

Schachter calls us to think beyond the androcentric, to imagine and create an understanding of modern Jewish literature that places women at its center.


The 2087th Question or When Silence Is the Only Answer

Irena Klepfisz

What kind of life will there be after the Resurrection of the Dead? 

I may not believe in an afterlife or in resurrections, but I do believe that cultures can be reawakened and revived in new generations. 


Feminist Dybbuks in Melbourne: Possession, Desire and Voice

Nicola Menser Hearn

In August 2018, Australian theatre maker and director Samara Hersch, along with Chamber Made, a company operating at the ‘nexus of contemporary performance, music and sound’, presented Dybbuks – a production in three acts exploring ideas of possession; of women being with the dead; of desire, ritual, and voice. Here, Nicola Menser Hearn reviews the production and discusses it with Hersch.


Behind the Scenes: Vaybertaytsh’s “Farvos” Series and the Making of “Mameloshn Academy?”

Sandra Fox

On making community and a Yiddish feminist podcast, or: where the academy ends and the self begins.