Jewish Queer Lesbian Feminisms for the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Marla Brettschneider

Subjects: Jewish Studies, Lesbian / Gay Studies, Queer Studies, Feminist, Women's Studies
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture
Hardcover : 9781438496276, 173 pages, February 2024
Paperback : 9781438496269, 173 pages, February 2024

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Table of contents

Introduction: Jewish Queer Lesbian Feminisms for the Twenty-First Century
Marla Brettschneider

1. Henna Night Dyke

2. Deconstructing the Binary, or Not? On a Discourse of Intersex in Early Rabbinic Literature
Sarra Lev

3. At the Intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and LGBTQ+: The Story of a Community Emerging out of the Margins
Ruben Shimonov and Marielle Tawil

4. ID, Please
Vinny Calvo Prell

5. Chelly Wilson: Lesbian, Holocaust Survivor, Queen of the Deuce
Lauren Hakimi

6. Anniversaries (2018–2021)
Joy Ladin

7. The Sephardic Palimpsests of Emma Lazarus
Leonard Stein

8. Remembering Sinai: A Spoken-Word Midrash
Sabrina Sojourner

9. Life on the Borderlands: Mizrahiut, Transfemininity, and Stateless Diasporas
A. S. Hakkâri

10. Meeting Cicely, or Love and Politics: A Black Jewish Lesbian Memoir
Carol Conaway

11. Leslie Feinberg’s Complex Jewish Lesbian Feminism
Marla Brettschneider

12. Postmodern Concepts of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Framework of the Jewish Lesbian
Rona B. Matlow


Illustrates the diversity of Jewish lesbian queer experience through a range of topics, voices, and genres, encouraging readers to rethink narrow conceptions of Jewishness.


Jewcy: Jewish Queer Lesbian Feminisms for the Twenty-First Century presents the rich diversity of Jewish life from perspectives that center lesbian and queer Jewish feminist people and issues. Blending scholarship with poetry, memoir, and other genres, it reopens the field of Jewish lesbian writing that has been largely dormant since the early 2000s. The contributors illustrate the diversity of Jewish lesbian experience through a range of topics, voices, and genres and explore how this experience intersects with Black, Mizrahi, Sephardi, Indigenous, and trans identities. Opening timely new dialogues between the various fields of Jewish, feminist, queer, trans, decolonial, and critical race studies, Jewcy encourages readers both inside and outside the academy to rethink narrow conceptions of Jewishness.

Marla Brettschneider is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. Her previous books include Jewish Feminism and Intersectionality and The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, both published by SUNY Press.


"Rather than avoiding points of tension, this innovative volume tackles them head on, offering a corrective to exclusionary lesbian/Jewish feminism and giving voice to the diversity of lesbian/Jewish experiences, including race, gender, age, religious background, and more. Brettschneider and her contributors show that lesbian/Jewish feminism can and must be trans inclusive and racially diverse. Recommitting to justice in the broadest sense, the book helps prove the ongoing value of lesbian/Jewish feminism in the twenty-first century." — Zohar Weiman-Kelman, author of Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women's Poetry