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May 2012

JWA launches "D.C. Stories": A new exhibit for Jewish American Heritage Month

Joan Nathan To celebrate the beginning of the 2012 Jewish American Heritage Month, JWA is making available clips as well as the full video and transcripts of interviews with Washington D.C. Jewish women. This new web exhibit, Weaving Women's Words: Washington D.C. Stories, features interviews with nine women including NPR's Susan Stamberg and cookbook author Joan Nathan (pictured above left).
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Reform movement honors Gail T. Reimer, JWA

Gail Reimer Gail T. Reimer, JWA's founder and Executive Director, accepted the 2012 American Jewish Distinguished Service Award from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York during last week’s graduation ceremonies. “Gail and JWA have enriched the way both women and men understand the Jewish past by creating a more inclusive, diverse and gender-equal future," said HUC's President, Rabbi David Ellenson, in presenting the award. "It is these values that JWA and the Reform movement share."
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Reread "Eishet Chayil" on Mother's Day

more precious than pearls “A Woman of Valor, who can find? She is more precious than pearls.” Thus begins "Eishet Chayil," an ancient poem from the Book of Proverbs honoring women. Just in time for Mother's Day, Sinai Live has released More Precious Than Pearls, a collection of reflections on "Eishet Chayil." The final two chapters challenge the poem's emphasis on domesticity with progressive interpretations contributed by JWA's Gail T. Reimer. Free to download, More Precious Than Pearls makes a great Mother's Day gift!
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