Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

DOI

10.2979/nashim.37.1.04

Publication Title

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues

Issue

37

Pages

37-61

Abstract

This feminist ethnographic investigation of the Mothers Circle of Coastal Virginia and the Interfaith Parents Circle utilizes the lens of feminist folkloristics to analyze the role that women have had in the foundation and evolution of the groups. Ultimately, this essay argues that the Mothers Circle of Coastal Virginia / Interfaith Parents Circle create a space for women to navigate the tensions faced by southern Jews; that they center Jews-by-choice and non-Jewish mothers parenting Jewish children by creating safe spaces for caregivers; and that, through a horizontal peer education model, these groups offer a sustainable and transferable model of programing for other Jewish groups that wish to lift the voices of Jews who often exist on the margins of their communities.

Comments

This article was published as:

Milligan, A. K. (2020). Creating Jewish mothers: A feminist ethnographic investigation of the Mothers Circle of Coastal Virginia and the Interfaith Parents Circle. Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues (37), 37-61.

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Publisher's version available at: https://doi.org/10.2979/nashim.37.1.04

Original Publication Citation

Milligan, A. K. (2020). Creating Jewish mothers: A feminist ethnographic investigation of the Mothers Circle of Coastal Virginia and the Interfaith Parents Circle. Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues (37), 37-61. https://doi.org/10.2979/nashim.37.1.04

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