All-Women’s Issue of Jewish

Announcing an All-Women’s Issue of Jewish,

the Online Literary Journal Founded and Edited by Dr. Nora Gold,Associate Scholar at CWSE


Dr. Nora Gold, one of our Centre’s Associate Scholars, is the founder and editor of a prestigious online literary journal, This journal publishes first-rate Jewish-themed fiction from writers around the world, and in its first 2 1/4 years, has published over 115 stories or novel excerpts, written on five continents and in ten languages. So far there have been over 30,000 visits to this journal by readers in 100 countries.

Gold is very excited to be publishing, for Issue #9, an all-women’s issue:  Here you’ll find 14 wonderful works of fiction, originally written in Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, and English, by authors originating from the Ukraine, Argentina, Israel, England, Canada, and the United States.

The Yiddish story in this issue, “Rochl and the World of Ideas,” is beautifully translated by another of the Centre’s Associate Scholars: Frieda Forman. “Rochl and the World of Ideas,” which is about a student who gets her first exposure to socialism when studying in 1916 at a university  in Odessa, is part of a forthcoming collection of Yiddish translations, The Exile Book of Yiddish Women Writers, due out in March 2013, of which Forman is the editor.

Also in this issue:

An Israeli bride marries a “gornisht” in 1930s Tel Aviv (“A Time of Love”)

A single woman in Argentina gets fixed up by her grandmother (“A Nice Boy from a Good Family”)

A teenager in 1950s America photographs her family and their life (“Hawkeye”)

An Israeli probes her family’s secret about the fate of their Arab servants in 1948 (“A Local Affair”)

An American visiting Tel Aviv struggles over whether to remain in Israel (“Amnon”)

A woman visits her once-close cousin and his wife in their assisted living residence (“Assisted Living”)

In post-World War II Poland, shocking incidents happen on trains (“Liberation: Two Train Stories”)

A man who never liked his family is asked to help get them out of Germany in 1940 (“Rio, 1940″)

A lonely single woman in Jerusalem collects single gloves and tries to pair them up (“Glove”)

A simple man contributes to the eulogy for his beloved, accomplished uncle (“The Fourth Crown”)

A divorced woman endures the eulogy of her ex-father-in-law (“Eulogy”)

A young Bedouin girl and her father receive a visit from Israeli tourists (“Winds”)

A father-son explosion occurs on Chanukah when an Orthodox boy flirts with a secular girl (“Roller Coaster”)

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Happy holidays! from Nora Gold & Jewish

Video: Patricia Nyaundi on Truth Commissions & Women’s Truths

The 15th annual Dame Nita Barrow lecture, presented by the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE). November 21, 2012.

Patricia Nyaundi on “Same Song, Different Notes: Opening Truth Commissions to Women’s Truths”.

Introduced by Andrea Chrisjohn, of the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Program, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Patricia Nyaundi is an advocate of the high court of Kenya. She holds a master in laws in human rights. She co-founded the Child Legal Aid Centre in 2003, has served as a member of the advisory committee of the Equality Effect, and was the Executive Director of the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya. She recently completed her appointment Chief Executive Officer of the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, and in December 2012 has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights.

December 6

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Children is held each December 6th in memory of the 14 young women killed at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique in 1989, as well as women today who continue to experience violence in its many forms. More than just a memorial, it is also a call to action to end violence against women and children.

The occasion will be marked on the St. George campus beginning at 12noon with remarks and laying roses on the December 6th memorial benches located in front of Hart House near the UTSU Observatory. It will continue with a free lunch in Hart House’s East Common Room where guests will have an opportunity for informal conversation and to discuss opportunities to end violence at the University of Toronto.

Join the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, Assault Counseling & Education, Health & Wellness, Community Safety Office, Health & Well-being, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, First Nations House, Graduate Students Union, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Faculty of Engineering, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, Status of Women Office, Student Crisis Response, and the University of Toronto Students’ Union in this event.
ImageFor more information about December 6 1989, see the articles below:

December 6: Planning the Memorial

by Andrea Weerdenberg, CWSE Graduate Assistant

During this past Fall 2012 term I had the privilege of representing the CWSE on the committee that organized the university-wide memorial for the December 6 National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence Against Women. The committee was comprised of students, staff, and faculty from various groups across the University of Toronto campus. I was also on a smaller sub-committee that arranged the speakers for the event.

The most significant thing that I learned from participation in the committees was the importance of feminist coalition-building. The lesson was brought home through a series of conversations. Coalition-building begins first with who is at the table, and I asked myself “since I am a white, middle-class woman, should I be at the table at all?” Within the subcommittee there was discussion about whether or not to have two speakers (of three) from the same cultural community. However, within the subcommittee none of us was a member from this cultural group. Undoubtedly, the conversations would have been different had there been different members within the subcommittee. Conversations about inclusion and exclusion are shaped differently when individuals are present or absent.

As a committee we took a more grassroots approach and invited people from within the university community rather than high-ranking administrators to participate in the event. However, who we invited as potential speakers depended largely on the personal networks of the committee members. There was a lot of discussion in general about how the speakers shape the event, but less so about if the speaker’s feminism agreed –or disagreed- with the types of feminism represented in the planning process.

Lastly, I want to touch upon how the role of men in the memorial was shaped by the coalition work done by the committee. The December 6th memorial at the University of Toronto campus has traditionally had a male-identified person as one of the speakers. This year one of the committee members raised the question of whether or not space should be given to a male when the event is about violence inflicted upon women by men. While there is still a male speaker at the memorial this year, I would like to think that the choice of speaker and what they say is improved by the time that the coalition took to discuss the issue from opposite viewpoints.

The discussion also made me realize that although a group of people may have similar worldviews (i.e. the importance of feminism), how people practice their views varies widely. The diversity of viewpoints in a coalition makes planning a small event only 90 minutes long all the more challenging. The challenge is good because it causes the committee members (or at least this committee member) to reflect on their own assumptions and practices and to build more nuances into the event itself.

Vandana Shiva at the CWSE

Vandana Shiva spoke on “Ecological Feminism & Earth Democracy: Occupying Life/The Seed”, Nov 12, 2012, at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), University of Toronto (

The evening was introduced by Roxana Ng, CWSE Head, followed by a blessing ceremony by Diane Longboat, Mohawk and Turtle Clans, and an introduction by Alda Facio, Academic Director of the CWSE’s Women’s Human Rights Institutes (WHRI). After Vandana’s talk, Angela Lytle, Executive Director of the WHRI, made closing remarks.

Vandana Shiva Pictures

Our event with Vandana Shiva on November 12, 2012, was a resounding success. She gave an amazing talk, and the video will be up shortly.  In the mean time, pictures:



Roxana Ng, Head of the CWSE, introduces the evening.


Diane Longboat, of Mohawk and Turtle Clans, performs an opening ritual and blessing.


Vandana Shiva begins.





Angela Lytle, Director of the CWSE’s Women’s Human Rights Education Institutes, gives closing remarks. 


After the lecture: Roxana Ng (CWSE Head), Vandana Shiva, Alda Facio (Academic Director of the CWSE’s WHRI program), and Diane Longboat, of Mohawk and Turtle Clans.


Dinner after the event. Going around the table starting at left & front: Andrea Weerdenberg (CWSE Graduate Assistant), Jamie Ryckman (CWSE Coordinator), Soni Thapa (CWSE Associate Scholar), Denisse Temin (volunteer), Sujata Thapa (WHRI Work Study Student), Angela Miles (Former CWSE Head, OISE Professor), Martha Morgan (WHRI Professor), Alda Facio (WHRI Academic Director), Angela Lytle (WHRI Executive Director), Roxana Ng (CWSE Head), Hala Zabaneh (WHRI Communications Officer), Eve Dufour (CWSE Work Study Student), and Kari Dreyer (WHRI Work Study Student). Thank you to all of these lovely people who helped with this event! (not pictured: Vandana Shiva, hiding behind Hala).