Kol Bat: Women's Voices


See the Pages of Women Authors and explore their thought and work.



Recent Titles


Voices in the Wilderness
Emerging Roles of Israeli Clergywomen

Edited by Jonathan L. Friedmann and Meeka Simerly.
Nine women tell their experiences as rabbis or cantors in Israel and the issues that they have had to address from legal to personal and religious ones. Available in January 2015.





The Power of the Hebrew Alphabet

Gloria Abella Ballen

The Power of the Hebrew Alphabet is an art book that includes the contemporary thought and practice of Judaism as it explores the mysticism and meanings of each letter of the alef bet. Kabbalah gives meaning to each letter. Finalist Best Book Award 2014 for both Art and Religion.







The Privilege of Aging

Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women

Patricia Gottlieb Shapiro

“The Privilege of Aging: Portraits of Twelve Jewish Women,” offers an indepth exploration of women’s lives beyond age 75. You’ll meet twelve women from all over the country, women with different lifestyles, experiences, economic backgrounds, and connections to Judaism. Finalist Best Book 2014 Self-help/Aging.






Moroccan Sephardic Romancero

Anthology of an Oral Tradition

Susana Weich-Shahak

Winner of the 2014 European Prize for Folklore. Moroccan Sephardic Romancero is a collection of the Judeo-Spanish ballads sung by women in northern Morocco. Finalist for Best Book Award 2014.





Crossing Cairo

A Jewish Woman's Encounter with Egypt

Ruth Sohn

An intimate description of life in the modern Middle East. In Crossing Cairo, Rabbi Sohn has written an exceptional account of her and her family’s experiences living in Egypt. Wondering whether it would be possible to cross the boundaries of language, culture, and religion to form real friendships and find a home among the Egyptians, Sohn takes us on a remarkable journey as she encounters the many faces of Cairo.






Secrets Behind Adobe Walls

Sandra K. Toro

A story of crypto-Jewish life in old Santa Fe

Through her exquisite prose, Sandra K. Toro recreates the lives of New Mexico’s crypto-Jews. She pays homage to the centrality of family and faith in the lives of early modern crypto-Jews, projected onto a backdrop of Spanish interaction with Native American beliefs and peoples. Secrets behind Adobe Walls rekindles our memory of that dramatic era.
-- Prof. Roger L. Martinez, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs





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