Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories

Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories

by Rachel J Siegel, Ellen Cole, Susan Steinberg Oren
     
 

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Winner of the Women in Psychology Jewish Caucus Award for 2000!

Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories: Acts of Love and Courage contains touching and personal essays written by contemporary Jewish mothers from different parts of the globe. Their stories reveal the choices that Jewish mothers make in our post-Holocaust, non-Jewish world—the many ways of being

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Winner of the Women in Psychology Jewish Caucus Award for 2000!

Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories: Acts of Love and Courage contains touching and personal essays written by contemporary Jewish mothers from different parts of the globe. Their stories reveal the choices that Jewish mothers make in our post-Holocaust, non-Jewish world—the many ways of being Jewish, the acts of loving, of preserving and celebrating Jewish traditions and spirituality, and of transmitting them to their children and families.

The firsthand stories in this compelling book raises questions and provides you with insight into a variety of topics, including:

  • The 'Jewish mother’stereotype and its impact on real Jewish mothers
  • ethnic/historical connections between mothers and daughters
  • moving acts of love, courage, and sacrifice in response to illness, war, or conflicting ideologies
  • motherhood as a catalyst for personal evolutions of Jewish identity and values
  • Orthodox to secular expressions of spirituality
  • The impact of the 'Jewish motherhood imperative’
  • positive experiences of conversion and interfaith families
  • conveying Jewish history and tradition in a Christian world

    Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories will draw you into an appreciation of the cultural, ethnic, and spiritual aspects of mothering. This remarkable collection explores the different meanings of today's concept of “Jewish mother” and “Jewish family.”

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Library Journal
This book was inspired by an interest in portraying how Jewish mothers create a family life. Siegel (MSW), Ellen Cole (psychology, Alaska Pacific Univ.), and Susan Steinberg-Oren, a contributing author to Women and Therapy, wish to present women as individuals and not reflections of the Jewish-mother stereotype. The contributing authors--single and married, straight and gay--practice different levels of Judaism, and some have non-Jewish partners. They live in the United States, Israel, and Europe and write about their childhoods, their mothers, and their own marriages and struggles to raise children with a Jewish framework in non-Jewish and sometimes anti-Semitic settings. They also write about making difficult choices, experiencing joy, and celebrating holidays. Two women write about autistic children. Some chapters have bibliographies, and there is a glossary. This investigation of people struggling with Judaism and motherhood is suited for public libraries.--Naomi Hafter, Broward P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789010995
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
15.80(w) x 22.20(h) x 2.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Susan Weidman Schneider
Add this smart book to your must read list. Flying in the face of stereotype and sentimentality, it gives us real-life ruminations on Jewish motherhood.
—(Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor-in-Chief, Lilith Magazine)
Ruth Gruber
A book to be read, imbibed, tasted, and cherished. No jokes here about the stereotypical Jewish mother. These are serious essays; honest, revealing, and often riveting and passionate. . . . A Roadmap to understanding and cherishing our Jewish mothers with heart, body, and soul.
—(Ruth Gruber, PhD, author, Haven, Exodus 1947, and Raquela: A Woman of Israel)
Harriet Lerner
This superb volume adds depth and scope to our understanding of what it means to be a Jewish mother. The rich array of stories will enlarge your thinking adn warm your heart.
—(Harriet Lerner, PhD, Author, The Dance of Anger and The Mother Dance )

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