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Three groundbreaking secular Jews respond with universal values to conflicts worldwide, from the Nazi Holocaust to 21 st century genocides: historian Gerda Lerner, artist Susana Wald, and global ambassador Ruth W. Messinger. Is simultaneous commitment possible to both Jewish continuity and helping non-Jewish strangers in need? Universal values drive three Jewish feminists to become public about Jewish identity because they view the purpose of Jewish life to be alleviating inequity and suffering of all people.
Dr. Sharon Leder is Professor Emerita of English, Women's Studies and Jewish Studies at SUNY-Nassau Community College. She is author of The Fix: A Father's Secrets, A Daughter's Search, Silver Winner Benjamin Franklin IBPA Award, Best New Voice in Fiction (2018), co-editor with Milton Teichman of Truth and Lamentation: Stories and Poems on the Holocaust, nominated for the National Jewish Book Award (1994). She is founder of Creative Outlets: Finding Your Voice Through Arts at Cape Cod Museum of Art.