Papers of Blu Greenberg, 1936-2006 (inclusive), 1972-2003 (bulk)

Greenberg, Blu, 1936-


33.3 linear ft. (80 file boxes) plus plus 3 folio folders, 1 oversize folder, 1 object, 12 photograph folders.
Arranged in seven series: I. Biographical and personal. II. Correspondence. III. Teachings and writings. IV. Conferences. V. Organizations. VI. Subject files. VII. Photographs.
Collection includes correspondence, articles, notes for lectures and speeches, conference programs, meeting minutes, memoranda, research files, clippings, photographs, and audiovisual material. Also includes audiovisual material shelved and described separately.
Author, lecturer, educator, poet, and activist, Blu Greenberg has been a forerunner in the movement to bridge the gap between feminism and Orthodox Judaism since 1973. Born Bluma Genauer (later legally changing her name to Blu) on January 21, 1936, in Seattle, Washington, to Rabbi Samuel and Sylvia Genauer, Greenberg grew up in a traditional Orthodox Jewish home. In 1946 the Genauer family moved to Far Rockaway, New York; she attended the all-female Central Yeshiva High School, graduating in 1953. She holds degrees from Brooklyn College (B.A. in political science, 1957), City University of New York (M.A. in clinical psychology, 1967), and Yeshiva University (M.S. in Jewish history, 1977). Greenberg is the author of several books, including On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition (1981) and How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household (1983). In 1997, she chaired the first International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, and the second in 1998. Greenberg was co-founder and first president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and has served on the boards of numerous Jewish and feminist organizations.
Is closed until January 1, 2059.
Appointment required for access to audiovisual material.
Blu Greenberg Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Most material in English; some materials in Hebrew.
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