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  • Contributors to This Issue

Rivke Basman Ben-Hayim survived the Holocaust, married Shmuel (Mula) Ben-Hayim, an artist, and came with him to live in Israel. She is the head of Beit Leyvik, the Yiddish writers' union of Israel, and lives in Hertzliya Pituach. Her books of poetry have been published in Yiddish and in translation into English, Polish and Hebrew. Her two volumes of collected poems, L'koved: Ikh un du (In Honor: I and You), were published in 2006.

Naomi Brenner teaches Hebrew literature and culture at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the changing relationship between Hebrew and Yiddish culture over the course of the twentieth century. Currently, she is examining the poetics and politics of bilingualism in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Jewish writing.

Enid Dame (1943–2003) was a poet, teacher and editor whose work often focused on women's, particularly Jewish women's, creativity. "Miriam's Seders," from Stone Shekhina (Three Mile Harbor, 2002), her last book published during her lifetime, was included in Best Jewish Writing 2003 (Jossey-Bass). With Henny Wenkart and Lilly Rivlin, she co-edited the anthology Which Lilith? Feminist Writers Re-Create the World's First Woman (Jason Aronson, 1998); and she was also a co-editor of Bridges, the Jewish feminist magazine, and of Home Planet News, the literary review she and her husband, Donald Lev, founded in 1979.

Marcia Falk is the author of The Book of Blessings, a bilingual (Hebrew and English) re-creation of Jewish prayer in poetic forms, as well as several books of poetry and translation, including The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible; The Spectacular Difference: Selected Poems of Zelda; and With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman. She is also a painter; her art may be viewed at

Dina Feldman, who has M.A. degrees in clinical psychology and Jewish women's studies and a Ph.D. in social work. is a human rights activist and an independent researcher and counselor. As a clinical psychologist, she headed teams and clinics in the Mental Health Division of the IDF Medical Corps. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Israel Ministry of Justice and head of the Israeli delegation to [End Page 301] the UN Ad Hoc Committee that wrote the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since 2009 she has volunteered as Executive Director of Kolech—The Israeli Religious Women's Forum.

Kathryn Hellerstein is Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include In New York: A Selection, a translation and study of the poems of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern; Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky; and Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology, of which she is co-editor. Her new books on women Yiddish poets are forthcoming from Stanford University Press. Her own poems have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Tikkun, Bridges, Kerem and many anthologies. She is poetry editor of Nashim and Kerem.

Nitsa Kann is the author of two Hebrew books of poems, Black Soul Singer (1989), and Woman With Child (1992, ACUM Prize), and the author of two Hebrew novels, Gazelle of Love (1995) and Herotica (1998). Her Ph.D. thesis (University of California at Berkeley) is entitled "Kabbaliterature: Post/Modern Hebrew Literature and Its Kabbalistic Precursors." She currently teaches Hebrew language and literature and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.

Anne Lapidus Lerner is a member of the Department of Jewish Literature and Director of the Jewish Feminist Research group at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. A pioneer in the field of Jewish women's studies and the first woman to hold the position of Vice-Chancellor at JTS, she has combined scholarship with activism. Her most recent book is Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash and Modern Jewish Poetry (Brandeis University Press, 2007).

Judith Margolis, Nashim's Art Editor, is an Israel-based American artist whose work often...


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