Conference to Explore Jewish Feminine Mystique in Postwar America

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

February 14, 2007, New York, NY

"Bobby Socks and Bat Mitzvahs," a panel discussion on growing up Jewish and female in the 1950s, will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City.

The event is part of "A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America," a conference sponsored by the Jewish Women's Studies Program at JTS, New York University's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Goldstein–Goren Center for American Jewish History, with evening programs sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive.

The conference will take place February 25–27. Daytime sessions will meet in the Screening Room at NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. The full program, and the location of evening sessions, can be found at

Panelists will include Ruth Abram, Director of the Tenement Museum; Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of a Prom Queen; Judith Shapiro, President of Barnard College; and Anne Lapidus Lerner, a member of the conference's Organizing Committee, Director of the Women's Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Jewish Literature at JTS. The program will be moderated by Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and Professor of History at Cornell University. The Organizing Committee also includes Shuly Rubin–Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, JTS; Hasia Diner, Paul S. Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein Goren Center, NYU; and Shira Kohn and Rachel Kranson, doctoral candidates in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, NYU. Admission to the February 26 lecture is free; photo ID is required. To register for the conference, please call (212) 998–8981.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with panelists, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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