Sisterhood Blog

Prime Ribs: BRCA News; Frum Fashion Show; 'Calendar Women'

By Gabrielle Birkner

  • Print
  • Share Share

Prime Ribs From the Week’s News:

• There were no mini-skirts or corsets — or men — at this recent Jerusalem fashion show, featuring tsnius clothing for observant Jewish women.

• The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles this summer launched a blog all about mah jongg — the tile game that has long been a favorite pastime of Jewish women of a certain age. Blogger Elaine Sandberg takes on such pressing mah jongg issues as “the ‘trauma’ of finding a hand” and the “savvy discarding” of tiles — and she ends each post with “May the tiles be with you.”

• At a time when American colleges are graduating more women than men, a Washington Post blogger explains why “women’s colleges are not passé.”

• Their alma maters aside, 20-something women, who are childless, living in big cities and working full time earn an average of 8% more than their male counterparts, new census data shows. But that doesn’t mean wage discrimination — even in the cited demographic — is a thing of the past, Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory explains.

• For women with the BRCA breast cancer genes, most prevalent in Ashkenazic Jewish women, the prophylactic removal of breasts and ovaries has been shown to improve health outcomes, a new study shows.

• Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has reportedly granted permission for two Jewish women, born in Libya and living in Italy, to visit their family homes in their former homeland.

• Tablet has a story about two women whose struggles with infertility inspired a body of artwork.

• In time for the new year, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is out with a new wall calendar, featuring “the cities behind the stories” of 12 Jewish women writers. Contributions include (Forward alumna) Lucette Lagnado on Cairo, Egypt, Tova Mirvis on Memphis, Tenn. and Clara Sereni of Rome, Italy — all paired with large color photographs.

L’shana tova.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Mah Jongg, Libya, Fashion, Breast Cancer, BRCA, Women's Colleges

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • Russia's playing the "Jew card"...again.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.