Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories: Acts of Love and Courage

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Rachel Josefowitz Siegel, Ellen Cole, Susan Steinberg-Oren
Haworth Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 307 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

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Rachel Josefowitz Siegel is a recently retired feminist psychotherapist. Born in Berlin and educated in Switzerland, she came to the United States in 1939. She is coeditor (with Ellen Cole) ofSeen But Not Heard: Jewish Women in Therapy and Celebrating the Lives of Jewish Women: Patterns in a Feminist Sampler.

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