Greenberg, Blu, 1936-

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Author, lecturer, educator, poet, and activist, Blu Greenberg has been a forerunner in the movement to bridge the gap between feminism and Orthodox Judaism since 1973. Born Bluma Genauer (later legally changing her name to Blu) on January 21, 1936, in Seattle, Washington, to Rabbi Samuel and Sylvia Genauer, Greenberg grew up in a traditional Orthodox Jewish home. In 1946 the Genauer family moved to Far Rockaway, New York; she attended the all-female Central Yeshiva High School, graduating in 1953. She holds degrees from Brooklyn College (B.A. in political science, 1957), City University of New York (M.A. in clinical psychology, 1967), and Yeshiva University (M.S. in Jewish history, 1977). Greenberg is the author of several books, including On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition (1981) and How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household (1983). In 1997, she chaired the first International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, and the second in 1998. Greenberg was co-founder and first president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and has served on the boards of numerous Jewish and feminist organizations.

From the description of Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 551111354

From the description of Papers of Blu Greenberg, 1936-2006 (inclusive), 1972-2003 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 500848499

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creatorOf Greenberg, Blu, 1936-. Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Greenberg, Blu, 1936-. Papers of Blu Greenberg, 1936-2006 (inclusive), 1972-2003 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers, undated, 1909-2001 American Jewish Historical Society
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associatedWith American Jewish Committee. New York Chapter. corporateBody
associatedWith American Jewish Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Beck, Evelyn Torton. person
associatedWith Brauner, Ronald A. person
associatedWith Dialogue Project between American Jewish and Palestinian Women (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Greenberg, Irving, 1933- person
associatedWith Greenberg, Jonathan J., 1965-2002. person
associatedWith Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. corporateBody
associatedWith National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith One Voice: Jewish Women for Israel (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Ozick, Cynthia. person
associatedWith Rackman, Emanuel. person
associatedWith Schneider, Susan Weidman. person
associatedWith Shalvi, Alice. person
associatedWith Snitow, Virginia Levitt. person
associatedWith Tarry, Linda. person
associatedWith Thurman, Robert A. F. person
associatedWith United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S./Israel Women to Women. corporateBody
associatedWith William Petschek National Jewish Family Center. corporateBody
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United States
New York (State)--New York
United States
Feminism--Religious aspects--Judaism
Jewish law
Divorce (Jewish law)
Rabbinical courts
Marriage--Annulment (Jewish law)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Poetry
Orthodox Judaism--Customs and practices
Feminism--Religious aspects--Judiasm
Rabbis' spouses
Authors, American
Jewish women--Religious life
College teachers
Women in Judaism
Women and religion
Wife abuse
Feminist theology
Parent and child
Religious pluralism
Jewish way of life
Jewish women
Jewish families--Conduct of life
Jews--Social life and customs


Birth 1936



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