“Weaving Women’s Words”



I first fell in love with Washington, D.C., when I lived here for six weeks as part of the RAC’s Machon Kaplan College Internship Program. Now that I’ve lived here for nearly two years, I’ve realized that one of my favorite things about the city is that there is always something happening—a new exhibit, a new street festival, a new lecture, sometimes even a new memorial, and always new people moving here and coming to visit.

Sure enough, this month I have a new exhibit to explore: “Weaving Women’s Words: Washington, D.C., Stories.” This exhibit, sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive, features video interviews with nine D.C. Jewish women, including Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center and one of the RAC’s longtime coalition partners. These women are lawyers, activists, artists, physicians—all women who have dedicated their lives to make the world a better place. The exhibit was put together to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, which occurs every May since President George W. Bush proclaimed the month in 2006. The exhibit is particularly appropriate this May, when the URJ is celebrating Jewish women and their contributions to our Movement and North America.

Throughout the month, leading up to the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Sally Priesand’s historic ordination as the first female rabbi in the United States, we will highlight voices of rabbis, cantors, educators, community leaders, and congregants talking about what the role of women in Reform Judaism and North America means to them. You’ll recognize these pieces because each will include the badge to the right, an image of Rabbi Priesand carrying the Torah.

We hope you’ll join in our celebration of women. You can do this by commenting on blog posts; engaging in conversation with us on Twitter at @theRAC and @URJ and using the hashtag #JewishWoman; and posting your own photos and anecdotes about Jewish women on the URJ’s Facebook wall and the RAC’s Facebook wall. We’ll use all of these mediums to spotlight the voices of Jewish men and women who celebrate women’s contributions to the Reform Movement and North America—and we sincerely hope you’ll join us.

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Deborah Swerdlow

About Deborah Swerdlow

Deborah is the Religious Action Center's Program Associate. She was a 2010-2011 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant

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