Jewish Women in History

Selected Titles

Paper $29.95

Mazaltob: A Novel

Written by Blanche Bendahan.

Translated by Yaëlle Azagury and Frances Malino

“This is a poignant coming‑of‑age novel which explores themes of feminism, decolonization, diaspora, orientalism and the struggle between modernity and tradition. The text is rich and lush in its descriptions of North African Jewish life and customs.” Hey Alma

Paper $19.95

Glikl: Memoirs 1691‑1719

Annotated by and with an Introduction by Chava Turniansky

Translated by Sara Friedman

“Let us now praise famous Jewish women, indeed, as well as those who for the first time have brought into English this complete and meticulously curated edition of her endlessly fascinating Memoirs.” Mosaic Magazine 

“There is much to reward the reader in Glikl’s extraordinary memoirs.”
Times Literary Supplement  

Paper $29.95

A Jewish Woman of Distinction:The Life and Diaries of Zinaida Poliakova

ChaeRan Y. Freeze

Translated by Gregory L. Freeze

“An intimate portrait of the daily trials of a young woman seeking to define herself in the midst of a large and extravagantly wealthy family living in a highly structured patriarchal society undergoing rapid change.”
Slavic Review 

Paper: $29.95

Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine

Edited by Susan Weidman Schneider and Yona Zeldis McDonough


“Original, entertaining, thought-provoking, “Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine” will prove to be of special appeal to readers with an interest in Jewish themed literature and short story fiction. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Jewish literature fiction and short story collections, it should be noted that “Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine” is also available in a digital book format.”
Midwest Book Review

Cloth: $30

Dirshuni: Contemporary Women’s Midrash

Edited by Tamar Biala

“Dirshu­ni is a step for­ward; it carves out a place for con­tem­po­rary women to see them­selves in the sacred texts. It focus­es on the courage, the heart­break, and the fight of bib­li­cal women — and it brings them to life. … What would Judaism look like if women had been read­ing, study­ing, inter­pret­ing, and com­ment­ing on our sacred texts all this time? Dirshu­ni gives us a glimpse of that, and the view is spectacular.” Jewish Book Council

Cloth: $45

Sculpting A Life: Chana Orloff between Paris and Tel Aviv

Paula J. Birnbaum

“Birnbaum has created a truly remarkable and compelling portrait of the internationally-exhibited multi-national sculptor who worked across—and fully participated in—the tumultuous decades of twentieth century Jewish, modernist and world histories from her elective home in Paris. Wide ranging-research sustains subtle insights into the formal, historical and cultural significance of Orloff’s compelling portraits of her Jewish intellectual, political and artistic contemporaries that she created alongside a modernizing, feminist exploration of women’s subjectivities and life experiences through sculptural embodiment. A truly vital monument to Chana Orloff’s extraordinarily fascinating place in our extended and fuller understanding of the art of the twentieth century and its creative communities.”— Griselda Pollock

Paper: $40.00

Bringing Down the Temple House: Engendering Tractate Yoma

Marjorie Lehman

“Strikingly original. Lehman brings to bear a feminist lens to demonstrate how one group of men (the rabbis) critiques and wrestles with the legacy of another group of men (the priests). Feminist attention to the constitutive relationships of the household (husband-wife, father-son, mother-son) illuminates the anxieties and tensions that play out as the rabbis claim the mantel of religious leadership from their priestly rivals.”
Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Paper: $40.00

The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust

Janine P. Holc

“Meticulously researched and astutely observed, The Weavers of Trautenau is the first history of the 3,000 Jewish young women and girls detailed to forced labor in the Trautenau region (now in the Czech Republic) during the Holocaust years. Using a panoply of voices, Holc reconstructs their daily lives with great sensitivity. Insights abound as the narrative plumbs the girls’ experiences through an achingly perceptive analysis of their postwar testimonies.”— Debórah Dwork