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Rituals and Religious Life, 1974-2004, undated

Identifier: Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Sub-series 1: Rituals and Religious Life contains manuscripts related to Jewish women’s experiences within a religious context, feminist reworking of rituals, and perspectives on issues within Judaism. Many of the manuscripts focus on women's place within the religious framework of Judaism, whether as female religious leaders or as women hoping to find their own place within rituals and celebrations. Highlights in this sub-series include interviews with Jewish women from a variety of backgrounds, particularly female mohalim, Ethiopian women, and women who converted to Judaism. There are also many examples of women developing new feminist rituals within Judaism, which reflect the Haggadahs featured in Series 2: Subject Files. Materials are arranged by subject, then chronologically within each folder. The folder entitled "Converts" (Folder 9, Box 12) is restricted until 2059.


  • 1974-2004, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

There are two folders entitled Converts in Series 3: Editorial Files, Sub-Series 2: Rituals and Religious Life. The second "Converts" folder (Folder 9a) is restricted until 2059 due to the interviewees request for confidentiality.

Otherwise, access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.


From the Collection: 25.5 Linear Feet (21 record center boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections