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Women’s Rights and Gender Roles

Women’s Rights and the Jewish Women’s Movement

Objects, documents and images on the subject (in German)

Online Collections

Painting of an orange on a blue background.

Seder Plate by Harriete Estel Berman

A feminist Passover custom

From our Holdings

Old picture of two women in profile leaning against each other.

The Artist and the Scientist

On the Berlin based sisters Gertrud and Margarete Zuelzer. A project as part of a Year of Voluntary Service in Culture (FSJ Kultur)

Online Feature

Plate adorned with a portrait drawing of Rahel Varnhagen, next to it a fork and the inscription Hörmahl: Feinkost für die Ohren.

“Hörmahl:” A Feast for the Ears

Dinner with Lina Morgen­stern, Julie Elias, Rahel Varn­hagen and Fromet Mendels­sohn, in German


Sharon Adler sitting on a bench in a plexiglass box which is open at the front

An Unequivocal Zest for Debate

Sharon Adler on the importance to exhibit women’s work and their impact


Silver coffee and tea set consisting of coffee pot, teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and tray

“Well-balanced silver utilitarian objects that make you feel good”

Designed by a woman, for a woman

20 years, 21 objects

Messy stack of books with titles such as Torah Queeries, Becoming Eve, Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, and Mentsh

LGBTQI+ & Judaism

An anecdotal glossary by Debora Antmann


Left: black and white portrait photo of a young lady. She wears a high-necked dress with hat in the style of the 1910s. Right: cover of a worn diary with leather binding and the golden lettering “Tage-Buch” (diary).

“No, I Want Dr. O.”

Leonie Meyer’s diaries from the years before her marriage (1910–12)

Online Feature

Black and white photo of a young woman in winter clothes next to a car on a country road.

Bread and Roses

On International Women’s Day, Christina Hecht takes a look at various archives

Online Project

Paper dress with integrated human hair.

The Dress of the Unfaithful Wife

Talk with Andi LaVine Arnovitz, Amy K. Milligan, and Emily D. Bilski on the role of women in religious Judaism

Audio Recording
9 May 2017

Portrait Johanna Wokalek

All Sorts of Stories

The actor Johanna Wokalek reads from Bertha Pappenheim’s German translation of the Maase book, in German

Audio Recording
21 Nov 2016

Feminist Approaches to Judaism and Islam

Dialogical lecture Series Judaism and Islam in the Diaspora

Video Recording
14 Apr 2016

A snake on crocheted fabric.

JMB Journal 11: Women


 Post-it note: “What role do gender themes play? What’s the story with women rabbis? (And prayer at the Western Wall?)”

What’s the story with women rabbis?

What role do gender themes play in Judaism?

Question of the Month

Book Cover Quasicrystals.


A talk about Jewish questions and the lives of women in Eva Menasses novel

Book Review

Artistic staging: The biblical Ruth and Naomi collecting left over onions in nowadays Tel-Aviv.

What We Can Learn from Loving Women

A Biblical story of female solidarity and social integration


Historical photograph of a black and white portrait of a woman.

The Diary of Gertrud Bleichröder

Notes from 1988, from the series Zeitzeugnisse aus dem Jüdischen Museum Berlin, in German


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