Cherut: Jewish Women and Freedom Subject of National Conference at Yale, April 15 - 18

Betty Friedan, a founder of the feminist movement, and celebrated author Grace Paley will be among the speakers at a four-day conference, titled Cherut: Jewish Women and Freedom, to be held at Yale University April 15 to 18. More than 200 students and some 40 speakers will meet for lectures and seminars exploring the theme of Jewish women and freedom in tradition as well as in the past, present and future.

Betty Friedan, a founder of the feminist movement, and celebrated author Grace Paley will be among the speakers at a four-day conference, titled Cherut: Jewish Women and Freedom, to be held at Yale University April 15 to 18. More than 200 students and some 40 speakers will meet for lectures and seminars exploring the theme of Jewish women and freedom in tradition as well as in the past, present and future.

Seminar topics include “Radical Tradition: Painting Eve in a New Form,” “Freedom in God or Freedom in Lenin: The Last Shtetl Women,” “Women in the Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust,” and “A 21st Century Agenda for the Israeli Feminist Movement.”

The conference will also feature a “Freedom” concert with internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, and a tribute to the late Bella Abzug by her daughter Liz Abzug.

The concert will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 9 p.m. at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St., and is open to the public. Tickets are $18 for adults and $6 for students. The tribute to Bella Abzug will be held on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. at the Joseph Slifka Center, 80 Wall St. It is free and open to the public, as are conference lectures.

Most events will take place at the Slifka Center. Those wishing to attend the conference as a whole must register in advance. Registration is required for the seminars and meals. The fee of $72 for adults and $36 for non-Yale students ($20 for Yale students) will cover seminars, lectures, the Debbie Friedman concert, and lunches. To register or for more information, call (203) 432-1134.

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Dorie Baker: dorie.baker@yale.edu, 203-432-1345