Jewish Voices Conference
Michigan Women Who Made a Difference
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Make next Monday the best day of the week
Start your week by joining women and men from across the state for a day of celebrating and sharing the stories and achievements of Michigan's Jewish women who helped to build and shape our communities, organizations, and institutions.
Monday, June 27, 2016
1715 E. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
***Free and open to the public!***
Refreshments and lunch provided,
but please register for one or more sessions:
The Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project seeks to identify, chronicle, and preserve the stories of Jewish women from communities throughout the state of Michigan who led community organizations, founded businesses, or were political and social justice leaders. The project's goal is the creation of a database of those who made significant contributions to their field, their community or our country, whether that field was as a professional or a volunteer.
Summary of the day's events
8:30 a.m. - Check-in, refreshments and tours of Temple Emanuel
9:30 a.m. - Invocation and welcome [Temple Emanuel features Hearing Loop technology]
9:45 a.m. - Morning Session 1:
How to Preserve Women's Stories, a workshop led by Aimee Ergas -- A Show & Tell session, sharing completed biographies.
10:45 a.m. - Break
11:00 a.m. - Morning Session 2: M
aking Visible Jewish Women in American Sport History, Linda J. Borish, Western Michigan University
12:15 p.m. - Luncheon and Special Presentation: Excerpts from "Becoming Dr. Ruth," performed by Lori Jacobs of Grand Rapids
1:45 p.m. - Panel Discussion:
Cultural Barriers Faced by Jewish Women Yesterday and Today
, with Linda J. Borish, Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University, Karla Goldman, Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan
"The Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project provides a place for preserving Jewish women's stories and achievements. History has been "his" story. It is imperative to preserve "her" story before it is lost."
Jeannie Weiner, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Temple Emanuel, the new and the old
In 1857, Temple Emanuel was founded by early west Michigan settlers, including the first Jewish Mayor Julius Houseman (1883), making it the fifth oldest Reform congregation in the nation.
Peg Finkelstein and Barbara Robinson have organized an extensive archive and have trained other congregants in the preservation of historical materials, so that Temple Emanuel can be justifiably proud to have created an archival model showing how community institutions can gather and protect the materials of their heritage.
GGRWHC member Barbara Robinson, while working with the archive, noted particularly the women in the history of Temple Emanuel congregation. In a 2011
Grand Rapids Press
article, she is quoted, "The men did all the praying and the women did the work." In 1871, the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society was organized and worked for the welfare of the city, relieving poverty, nursing the sick, taking care of the dead. In 1924 their name was changed to the
Temple Emanuel Sisterhood
"It takes vision, adaptation, involvement and dedication to accomplish a dream of preserving the past, so it may be enjoyed by the future. L'Dor V'Dor. From Generation to Generation."
Peg Finkelstein, Temple Emanuel
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