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Media Roundup: Mikveh and the Single Girl, Nude Ladies Parties

By Gabrielle Birkner

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• “The Good Body,” a follow-up to “The Vagina Monologues” by playwright Eve Ensler, top right, centers on a Jewish woman of a certain age who undergoes surgery to make sex more pleasurable for her husband.

Rabbi Andrew Sacks thinks more mikvehs should open their doors to non-married women.

• Jeffrey Zaslow, the Forward’s guest Bintel Brief columnist in March, is out with a new book, “The Girls from Ames” (Gotham), about the enduring friendship of 11 women who grew up together in Ames, Iowa.

• The global recession could usher more Haredi women into the workforce.

• What goes on at Israel’s Nude Ladies Parties? One writer finds out.

• Jessica Queller, bottom right, a former “Gossip Girl” writer who had a prophylactic double mastectomy after finding out she had a breast cancer gene common in Ashkenazi Jewish women, discusses her pregnancy triumph.

• Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish woman who has become a prominent New Testament scholar, speaks with The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle about why “churches are increasingly recognizing Jesus’ Judaism.”

Phyllis Chesler pays tribute to Holocaust heroine Irena Sendler.

• The Jerusalem Post has an essay about women behaving badly on JDate.

• The Chabad-sponsored Annual Jewish Women’s Parenting Conference, to be held May 14 in Westport, Conn., will feature Rebbitzin Esther Jungreis’s daughter Slovi Jungreis Wolff, out with the new book “Raising A Child With Soul” (St. Martin’s Griffin), and Rosalind Wiseman the author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence” (Crown, 2002).

• Israeli filmmaker Nurit Kedar’s new documentary “Chronicle of a Kidnap” focuses on the tireless work Karnit Goldwasser to free her husband, Ehud, who, in 2006, was kidnapped by Hezbollah near Israel’s Lebanese border.


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