Sarah Ross's A Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States documents the important work of feminist Jewish singer-songwriters in the United States from the 1960s to the early twenty-first century. The author combines a thorough historical overview with ethnographic fieldwork and reflection, including poignant moments of autoethnography. This methodological approach yields a sophisticated reading of broad social, political, and religious contexts. Drawing on an array of relevant theoretical frameworks, including the feminist theology of Judith Plaskow, Ross teases out the intricacies of what she identifies as the “feminist Jewish music scene.”

Ross shows how these actors, whom the author identifies as the core of the feminist Jewish singer-songwriter scene, played pivotal roles in creating and sustaining feminist Jewish music and, by extension, developed new outlets for feminist-oriented Jewish community and practices. In the ethnographically oriented parts of the text, practitioners in the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Jewish...

You do not currently have access to this content.