Esther Broner: A Weave of Women

In 1975 Esther Broner and Naomi Nimrod wrote the first Women's Haggadah, paving the way for modern Jewish feminism. For the next 36 years, Esther Broner led the Feminist Passover Seder in New York City, with a core group of women. This film documents the evolution of Jewish feminism through archival footage and interviews with leading Jewish feminists. At the same time it tells the story of Esther Broner, described by the New York Times as a writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female. Without her, we can assume, modern Jewish women might not have found a worthy place in the home, in society, and in Jewish tradition.

62 minutes
Lilly Rivlin

Shown at

  1. 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  2. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  3. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  4. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2014

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  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Feminist Hero Esther Broner Changed the ‘Order’ of Things

    Early on in Lilly Rivlin’s 2013 documentary, “Esther Broner: A Weave of Women” — now available on DVD — the narrator describes the effect that the author, professor and activist had on Jewish feminists of the second wave. As the narrator recalls, “We were all Jewish feminists. The question that Esther posed for us was: Do we find a place for ourselves within the Jewish tradition or remain outside?”

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