Marlène Amar was born in Colomb-Béchar, now Béchar, Algeria, in 1949. At the age of seven, she emigrated to France with her family. Amar received a doctorate in French literature from the Université de Nanterre. She has worked as a teacher and a journalist and film critic and has published three novels: La Femme sans tête (1993); Des Gens infréquentables (1996); and Princesse ma chienne (1998) as well as short stories.
Toby Axelrod, born in 1956, is both a New Yorker and a Berliner. A long-time journalist, she left the "Big Apple" 12 years ago for Berlin, Germany on a Fulbright fellowship, and since then has been working there as a freelance writer and translator. She has written extensively on such themes as the confrontation with the history of the Holocaust in Germany and the growth of Jewish life in Germany today, primarily for Jewish media. She first wrote about the experience of translating the biography and dissertation of Regina Jonas for Lilith Magazine. [End Page 157]
Lyn Graham Barzilai
Lyn Barzilai is a Scot living in Israel, married with children. She received her Ph.D from Haifa University and teaches English literature at Haifa University and at college. Her poetry appears online in The Muse Apprentice Guild and EnterText, and in print in the Runes: Connections Anthology and in Vol. 13 of Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, as well as in the upcoming anthology of Boxcar Poetry. She has published a book on George Oppen, and an article on Rita Dove in Callaloo.
Amy Blau received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dissertation on translations of German world literature into Yiddish. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University in 2005–2006, she researched the Yiddish reception and translation of German poetry by Nelly Sachs, and began her work on Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Whitman College.
Hinde Ena Burstin
Hinde Ena Burstin is an award-winning Yiddish poetry translator. A Research Associate and post-graduate student at University of Sydney (Australia), she is currently researching themes of power, inequality and injustice in Yiddish poetry by women. She is particularly interested in the intersection of issues of gender and race in Yiddish writing. As a lifelong Yiddishist, feminist and writer, she is committed to translating words in action, and action into words.
Beth Dwoskin is a catalog librarian, wife of a scientist, and mother of three grown children. She lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI. She has written book and CD reviews for the newsletter of the Association of Jewish Libraries and the online journal, Women in Judaism: a multidisciplinary journal. She also wrote the Guide to the Jewish sheet music collection from the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg. She is doing independent research on the role of women in Jewish vocal music.
Rita Falbel, born in Vienna, Austria entered the U.S. with her parents and brother 8 days before the war in Europe began in 1939. As a singer and songwriter she has presented programs of Jewish song throughout the U.S. and Israel. Her recordings—Hitchin' Rides, and Timepieces: Between Jewish Past and Future focus on the eclectic nature of Jewish musical expression. She is currently compiling and editing family correspondence for a book based on her translations from German and Yiddish of family correspondence from Vienna, Lwow and Palestine (1916–1947). She is one of the founding editors of Bridges. [End Page 158]
Naomi Graetz taught English at Ben Gurion University of the Negev for 35 years. She is the author of Unlocking the Garden: A Feminist Jewish Look at the Bible, Midrash and God (Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2005), The Rabbi's Wife Plays at Murder (Beersheva: Shiluv Press, 2004), S/He Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories (Professional Press, 1993; second edition Gorgias Press, 2003), and Silence is Deadly: Judaism Confronts Wifebeating (Jason Aronson, 1998). Her current areas of interest are: teaching Jewish Sources about trafficking and workshops teaching women to write...