The Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education Collection contains the complete documentation of all the programs and
publications of the Institute. The collection consists of all of the books published by the Institute, newsletters, press
releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a video tape.
The Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education was founded in 1977 and existed until 2004. Its mission was to bring
women together to study with Jewish female scholars and artists who were doing cutting edge research and work. The Institute
pioneered the teaching of Torah, Talmud and midrash by women and established the Shabbat lecture series. The Institute has
had an impact far beyond Southern California. Its eight books have served as a resource for Jewish women nationwide and have
empowered lay women to reflect on Jewish sources and to create midrash and liturgy. The San Diego Women's Haggadah (1980) was the first women's text available for those seeking to hold a feminist seder. Similarly, Taking the Fruit: Modern Women's Tales of the Bible (1981) was the first collection of women's midrashim. A Ceremonies Sampler: New Rites, Celebrations, and Observances of Jewish Women (1991) brought together the new ritual and liturgy created by Jewish feminists.
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.