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2009 ACTIVITIES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Many of our Advisory Board Members have recently published books. For more information, please see http://www.rememberwomen.org//BkReviews
ANNA ROSMUS LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, VALHALLA FINALE
NAVA SEMEL'S AND THE RAT LAUGHED NOW IN ENGLISH
DR. KARIN DOERR APPOINTED TO THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL OF THE CONCORDIA INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN JEWISH STUDIES
ANNA ROSMUS JOINS INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF AUSTRIAN SERVICE ABROAD
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER ROSEMARIE REED, AGAIN PUTS WOMEN INTO HISTORY WITH HER NEW FILM, OUT FROM THE SHADOWS: THE STORY OF IRENE AND FRÉDÉRIC JOLIOT CURIE
MIRIAM SIVAN'S NEW BOOK, BELONGING TOO WELL: PORTRAITS OF IDENTITY IN CYNTHIA OZICK'S FICTION
ANNA ROSMUS RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE
DR. MARILYN SAFIR RECEIVES DIVISION 52 OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST AWARD
DR. EVA ALTERMAN BLAY PRESENTS PAPER IN OSLO, NORWAY
SALUTING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF AVIVA CANTOR, A MOTHER OF JEWISH FEMINISM
DR. NECHAMA TEC'S BOOK DEFIANCE NOW A FILM
Anna Rosmus Launches New Book, Valhalla Finale
Congratulations to Advisory Board member Anna Rosmus, on the launching of her new book VALHALLA FINALE, which contains many photos of DP women, concentration camp survivors, and women officers and prisoners. For more information, please see http://www.11tharmoreddivision.com/news/anna_rosmus_book.htm
Nava Semel's And the Rat Laughed Now in English
Acclaimed Israeli novelist Nava Semel, a member of the advisory board of Remember the Women Institute, now has an English version of her novel And the Rat Laughed. Originally published in Hebrew as The Rat Laughs (Tsehok shel Akhbarosh) (Tel Aviv: Yediot Aharonot, 2001), the English publication is translated by Miriam Shlesinger and published in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia by Hybrid Publishers. Semel's novel and a related short story about sexual abuse of women during the Holocaust were the subject of a paper by Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth, Executive Board member of Remember the Women Institute, at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem in August 2009, Semel and her work are are also the subject of a chapter by Dr. Hedgepeth and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Director of Remember the Women Institute, in their forthcoming book for Brandeis University.
Dr. Karin Doerr Appointed to the Academic Council of the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
Dr. Karin Doerr has been appointed to the Academic Council of the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. Dr. Doerr teaches German culture, language and literature, as well as women’s and genocide studies at Concordia University, where she is also an Associate of the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute for Women’s Studies. She is a member of the English Culture Committee at the Jewish Public Library and a consultant to the website Women and the Holocaust. She has published and presented internationally on literary responses to the Shoah, on German literary antisemitism, on feminist issues regarding genocide, and on the integration of the Holocaust into German Studies. Karin Doerr has worked with Holocaust survivors from Canada and Israel and translated and edited their writings. Her main focus is language use and impact of the Third Reich. With American historian Robert Michael, she co-authoredthe reference work English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich. She has also published a German dictionary study with Prof. Kurt Jonassohn. On several occasions, she has lectured in China, together with Professor Gary Evans, on Canadian Women’s Studies and literature and film by Canadian women. For more information, see http://web2.concordia.ca/jchair/en/aboutus/academiccouncil.htm
Anna Rosmus Joins International Council of Austrian Service Abroad
Anna Rosmus, a member of the advisory board of Remember the Women Institute, had been invited to join the International Council of “Austrian Service Abroad,” representing the United States of America.
The Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service (AHMS) is an alternative to Austria's compulsory national military service. Its Gedenkdiener (memorial volunteers) serve at major Holocaust memorial institutions in 23 countries. Founder Dr. Andreas Mailinger taught political science at Austria’s Innsbruck University. Today, Chairman Ernst Florian Winter provides assistance to archives and many museums, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. For more information on the program, please see http://www.gedenkdienst.org.
Dr. Marilyn Safir receives Division 52 Outstanding International Psychologist Award
Congratulations to Dr. Marilyn Safir, a professor of psychology at University of Haifa and advisory board member of Remember the Women Insitute, who received the Division 52 2009 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) on August 7, 2009. The award was presented at the APA conference held in Toronto, Canada. The committee members who selected Dr. Safir were deeply impressed by her many activities on behalf of international psychology and international social issues, with a special focus on women's issues.
Dr. Eva Alterman Blay Presents Paper in Oslo, Norway
Dr. Eva Alterman Blay, advisory board member of Remember the Women Institute, presented a paper on “Memory, family and citizenship: Jews in Brazil” at a seminar of the Committee of Family Research (CFR), held in Oslo, Norway with the theme Families and Memories on June 15-17. 2009. Dr. Blay, a professor of Sociology and former department chair at University of São Paulo, was founder of NEMGE – the Center for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of São Paulo.
The seminar, arranged jointly by Oslo University College and the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities took place at Villa Grande at Bygdøy penincula – the museum area in Oslo. Villa Grande, which now hosts the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, was the perpetrator Vidkun Quisling’s private estate during the war.
Miriam Sivan's new book, Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction
Congratulations to Advisory Board Member Dr. Miriam Sivan on her new book Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction, published in March 2009 by SUNY Press. Read the review by Rochelle G. Saidel.
Anna Rosmus Receives Honorary Doctorate
Congratulations to Advisory Board Member Anna Rosmus, awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Alma College, Michigan, at their 2009 Honors Convocation Ceremony on April 2. Dr. Rosmus is also keynote speaker at the event.
Saluting the Achievements of Aviva Cantor, a Mother of Jewish Feminism
Aviva Cantor. Photo: Joan Roth
Aviva Cantor, a member of the Advisory Board of Remember the Women Institute and a life-long New Yorker, is one of the most important mothers of the Jewish feminist movement. A journalist, lecturer and author, she has promoted Jewish feminism and other progressive Jewish causes for decades. She was a co-founder in 1968 of the Jewish Liberation Project in New York, a Socialist Zionist organization, and served as founding editor of its journal. In 1976, she initiated and co-founded Lilith, an independent Jewish feminist quarterly magazine, and she served as founding co-editor through 1987.
The idea of Lilith was originally discussed at the first National Jewish Women's Conference held in 1973 and attended by 500 women from all over world. Cantor was an organizer and speaker for the conference, which had the aim of promoting egalitarianism in both the religious and secular Jewish communities. The conference was sponsored by the North American Jewish Students Network, which in 1970 elected Cantor as the only woman on its steering committee. The Network was comprised of several hundred self-organized groups, mainly in response to the 1967 Six Day War.
Cantor has been active in many Jewish feminist activities, including serving as an advisor to Dr. Joan Ringelheim and Esther Katz for their 1983 conference on women and the Holocaust, and to artist Judy Chicago for her Holocaust Project. She has lectured on Jewish feminism throughout the United States, as well as in London and Rome. In addition to writing for Lilith, her articles have appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice, Christian Science Monitor,and Israel Horizons, as well as a number of anthologies. Her reportage for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) included articles on the American Jewish community, Israel, Cuba, Argentina, Austria, Central Europe and Kenya, as well as interviews with such prominent figures as Gerhard Riegner, Carl Sagan, David Wyman and Renee Epelbaum. She was also associate editor of Hadassah Magazine and news editor for WEVD radio in New York.
In 1995, HarperSanFrancisco published Cantor's major 548-page book, Jewish Women/Jewish Men: the Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life, a feminist exploration of Jewish history, culture, and psychology. The work puts traditional and modern Jewish life under a feminist microscope.
Cantor has written five alternative Passover ceremonies, including one that she co-conducted in the Bedford Hills Women's Prison. The fifth one, The Egalitarian Hagada, was published under the auspices of Beruriah Books. It is gender- and generation-inclusive and uses non-sexist English, but also contains all the traditional elements of the seder. Poetry and prose about the Exodus, Israel, the Soviet Jewry movement, struggles for justice, the Holocaust and resistance, and the American union movement are incorporated in the text.
In the late 1960's she was involved in advocating for the struggle of Biafra for independence and served as vice president of the Committee for Biafran Artist and Writers. After teaching the first Jewish feminist course in the Jewish Free High School in 1972, she compiled, edited, and annotated several editions of The Jewish Woman,1900-1985: A Bibliography, the 4th of which was published by BiblioPress in 1986 and 1987. In the 1980's she initiated an ultimately successful Women's Appeal for the release of Soviet Prisoner of Conscience Ida Nudel. Cantor is also active in the animal protection movement and is Vice President of CHAI: Concern for Helping Animals in Israel.
Her children's book manuscript, Tamar's Cat: A Story of the Exodus, won first prize in the Sydney Taylor Children's Book Manuscript Contest of the Association of Jewish Libraries in 1991. She is also the author of several plays, including Esther and the Three Fools: A Feminist Purimshpiel; Moses and Tziporah with the Pesky Ex-Slaves in the Desert; and Hamlet's Secrets, a comedy.
Aviva Cantor was born in 1940 and raised in the East Bronx by traditional but non-Orthodox parents who had immigrated from Russia. She attended Ramaz School, an Orthodox Jewish day school, graduating as Valedictorian in 1957. She spent two years studying history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Barnard College in 1961 and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1963.
She was married for 38 years to journalist Murray Zuckoff, a Socialist Zionist investigative journalist who, as a reporter for the Paterson Morning Call and then as editor of the JTA, fought for justice. He later taught writing at CUNY, and died in 2004. Murray Zuckoff loved Israel, Yiddish, cats. books, music, folk art and Star Trek, as does Aviva Cantor.
DR. NECHAMA TEC'S BOOK DEFIANCE NOW A FILM
One of Dr. NechamaTec's books, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, has been made into a movie by Edward Zwick, a director and producer of films such as Blood Diamond, Glory, and The Last Samurai. Daniel Craig, the most recent James Bond, plays the lead. This is the story of three brothers who form a group that brings Jews from ghettos and from hiding into the Nalibocka Forest in Belorussia. Craig will play Tuvia Bielski, the leader of more than 1,200 Jews in his partisdan group. For more information, see www.defiancemovie.com. The film is now available as a DVD.
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