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The Jewish Daily Forward
Feminist Hero Esther Broner Changed the 'Order' of Things
by Tahneer Oksman, The Arty Semite

“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?” Read the article


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The Persimmon Tree
Lilly Rivlin: Filmmaker, Story Teller, Activist
by Sue Leonard

“Lilly Rivlin, a seventh generation Jerusalemite, has worked as a journalist, writer, and filmmaker for over 35 years. She is a consultant to foundations on Middle East politics, Jewish affairs, non-violent conflict resolution and gender issues and serves on the boards of a variety of feminist organizations. Lilly is one of a group of women who pushed the limits of Jewish tradition by creating new rituals including, most importantly, the Feminist Seder. On a cold winter’s day I trudged over to her warm studio apartment with its view of the Hudson River to talk with her about filmmaking as an activist activity.” Click to read the interview


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The New York Jewish Week
Feminist Seder Pioneer Esther Broner Is Subject Of New Documentary
by Sandee Brawarsky, Culture Editor

At the feminist seders led by novelist E.M. Broner, the women would go around and introduce themselves matrilineally, naming as many ancestors as they knew. Broner wanted to be sure that they remembered the generations of women who spent the seder in the kitchen, preparing and serving, leaving the telling of the Passover story to the men. Click to read the article


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Lilly Rivlin receiving the Miller Reel Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award. Introduced by Alexandra Keller, Director of Film Studies Program at Smith College, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Hartford, December 3, 2013.


Charter Oak Cultural Center
Miller Reel Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award To Lilly Rivlin
by Susan Dunne/The Courant

Lilly Rivlin’s rallying cry throughout her filmmaking career has been “the personal is political.” That philosophy, she says, is ideally reflected in the person of Esther Broner, the co-author of “The Women’s Haggadah” and the co-organizer of the original Women’s Seder.

“Before, women cooked the meal and set the table. … In the beginning, that’s what women did. There was no other place for them,” Rivlin says in a phone interview from her home in New York City. “You never had a woman leading a Seder before this happened. Now many women do.” Click to read the article


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J the Jewish Weekly of Northern California
The Column: She set the stage for a new generation
by Sue Fishkoff

I knew the name Esther Broner before I saw Lilly Rivlin’s documentary “A Weave of Women,” which had its world premiere Aug. 8 at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. But I didn’t really know — meaning, I didn’t grasp how groundbreaking and extensive her contribution was to Jewish feminist practice. Click to read the article


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Trust Movies
Lilly Rivlin's ESTHER BRONER celebrates the gal who gave us the first feminist seder

TrustMovies knew nothing about Esther Broner (1927-2011) when he sat down to watch the new documentary ESTHER BRONER: A WEAVE OF WOMEN. But he did know something about the filmmaker, Lilly Rivlin, for he had seen her earlier and excellent documentary, Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, when it played the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival back in 2010. Rivlin's new film on Broner plays this year's SFJFF, which begins on Thursday, July 25. That her film on Paley has still not opened theatrically here in New York (or even been seen on our PBS station) where the famous author lived, worked and protested, borders on the criminal — culture-wise, at least. Click to read the article

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