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Lilith magazine , Spring 2008
EditorSusan Weidman Schneider
CategoriesFeminism, Judaism
Year founded1976
CompanyLilith Publications
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York, NY

The magazine Lilith is an independent, Jewish-American, feminist non-profit publication that has been issued quarterly since 1976. The magazine features award-winning[1] investigative reports, first-person accounts (both contemporary and historical), entertainment reviews, fiction and poetry, art and photography.[2] Topics include everything from rabbinic sexual misconduct, to new rituals and celebrations, to deconstructing the JAP (Jewish American Princess) stereotype, to understanding the Jewish stake in abortion rights.


The magazine was founded in 1976 by Susan Weidman Schneider “to foster discussion of Jewish women’s issues and put them on the agenda of the Jewish community, with a view to giving women—who are more than fifty percent of the world’s Jews—greater choice in Jewish life."[3] Amy Stone served as the magazine's first senior editor. Aviva Cantor Zuckoff served as the acquisitions editor. Those consulted as part of the creation of the magazine included Sally Priesand, the first female rabbi in the United States, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin of Ms. Magazine.[4] During its early years, Lilith was noted for its work chronicling the fight to have women ordained as rabbis in Conservative Judaism.[4]


The publication is named after Lilith, a character said to be Adam's first wife. Though not mentioned in the Bible, Talmudic scholars later wrote that Lilith was banished from Eden after refusing to be submissive to Adam.[5] Lilith has been interpreted by modern feminists as a symbol of independence and social activism geared towards women's rights.

Staff and Contributors

Susan Weidman Schneider has been Lilith′s editor-in-chief since 1976.[6] She is the author of the books Jewish and Female and Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living with Differences between Christians and Jews, and co-author of Head and Heart, about money in the lives of women. Writers, editors and contributors to Lilith include Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Nessa Rapoport, Blu Greenberg, Allegra Goodman, Myla Goldberg, Rabbi Susan Schnur (Lilith's senior editor), Naomi Danis (Lilith's managing editor), Dara Horn, Jennifer Baumgartner, Marge Piercy (Lilith's poetry editor), Sarah Blustain, Leela Corman, Liana Finck, Danya Ruttenberg, Shira Spector, Rachel Kadish, Anat Litwin, Ilana Stanger-Ross, Leslea Newman, Yona Zeldis McDonough (Lilith′s fiction editor), Alice Sparberg Alexiou, Amy Stone, Ilana Kurshan, Francine Klagsbrun, Lori Hope Lefkowitz, Tova Hartman, and more. Lilith has also published the work of visual artists, including Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Elana Maryles Sztokman, Joan Roth (Lilith′s photographer), Maira Kalman, Roz Chast, and Eva Hesse.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2010-10-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-10-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Johnson Lewis, Jone. "Lilith Magazine - Jewish Feminist Magazine." Accessed December 31, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Endres, Kathleen L.; Lueck, Therese L. (1996). Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313286322.
  5. ^ Lerner, Anne Lapidus. "Lilith Magazine." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on December 31, 2014)
  6. ^ "Susan Weidman Schneider".