T-360; Vt-166; DVD-49
Greenberg, Blu, 1936- . Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: T-360; Vt-166; DVD-49
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Blu Greenberg, 1936-
Title: Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004
Quantity: 51 audiotapes
Quantity: 4 videotapes
Quantity: 1 DVDs
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Author, lecturer, educator, poet, and activist, Blu Greenberg helped bridge the gap
between feminism and Orthodox Judaism.
Accession numbers: 2003-M137, 2005-M132, 2006-M226
The audiovisual collection was included with the papers of Blu Greenberg (MC 599
) that were given to the Schlesinger Library by Blu Greenberg between 2003 and 2006.
Processed: January 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Blu Greenberg is held by Blu Greenberg.
Upon her death, the copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of
Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other materials in the collection
may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual
Blu Greenberg Audiovisual collection, 1976-2004; item description, dates. T-360; Vt-166;
DVD-49; reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; Papers of Blu Greenberg, 1936-2006
Author, lecturer, educator, poet, and activist, Blu Greenberg has been a forerunner
in the movement to bridge the gap between feminism and Orthodox Judaism since 1973.
Born Bluma Genauer (later legally changing her name to Blu) on January 21, 1936, in
Seattle, Washington, to Rabbi Samuel and Sylvia Genauer, Greenberg grew up in a traditional
Orthodox Jewish home. In 1946 the Genauer family moved to Far Rockaway, New York;
she attended the all-female Central Yeshiva High School, graduating in 1953. She holds
degrees from Brooklyn College (B.A. in political science, 1957), City University of New York (M.A. in clinical psychology, 1967), and Yeshiva University (M.S. in Jewish history,
1977). Greenberg is the author of several books, including On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition (1981) and How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household (1983). In 1997, she chaired the first International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy,
and the second in 1998. Greenberg was co-founder and first president of the Jewish
Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and has served on the boards of numerous Jewish
and feminist organizations.
The collection is arranged in two series:
- Series I. Audiotapes, 1976-2001 (#1-51)
- Series II. Visual materials, 1986-2004 (#1-5)
The audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg contains her lectures, interviews, selected
informal recordings, and award ceremonies. The United Jewish Appeal - Federation of
Jewish Philanthropies of New York is abbreviated as UJAFJP. All materials are on audiocassette
or VHS videotape, except where noted. Titles in quotes and/or italics were transcribed
from tape labels. All other titles were devised by the processor.
Series I, Audiotapes,1976-2001 (#1-51), includes lectures, radio interviews, award
ceremonies, and informal discussions.
Series II, Visual materials, 1986-2004 (#1-5), includes lectures, an interview, an
award ceremony, and footage recorded for a television show in the Greenbergs' home
and includes Irving Greenberg.
- Series I. AUDIOTAPES, 1976-2001 (#1-51)
- 16. Counterpoint. Radio National, Australia. June 26, 1991.
Scope and Contents: A discussion with the editor of Generation Journal, about their decision to bring the Greenbergs to Melbourne, Australia, and the controversies
surrounding their impending visit. 40 minutes.
- 17. Discussion between Greenberg and Robert Thurman on the "Tibetan Buddhist Encounter."
Scope and Contents: Begins with Thurman on the history of Tibet (10 minutes.), followed by Greenberg discussing
the Jewish/Buddhist Cultural Exchange Program in Dharamsala, India and meeting the
Dalai Lama. Questions follow. 60 minutes. Microcassette.
- 19. "Jewish Point of View, Blu Greenberg." WFAS Radio, Westchester, New York. March 19,
Scope and Contents: In interview, Greenberg discusses becoming a feminist, women in advanced Jewish study,
her poetry, and other topics. 80 minutes.
- Series II. VISUAL MATERIALS, 1986-2004 (#1-5)
- 2. Talkline with Zev Brenner. March 5, 1998.
Scope and Contents: Program recorded at the JOFA [Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance] 2nd International
Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy. Brenner interviews presenters and attendees,
rabbis, and Greenberg, who chaired the conference. 60 minutes. Request as Vt-166,
- 3. "Feminism and Orthodoxy, a Revolution of Small Signs." University of Santa Cruz [California].
January 26, 1999.
Scope and Contents: Greenberg discusses her upbringing, the history of women's rights within Judaism,
and other topics. Questions follow. 105 minutes. Request as Vt-166, reel 3
Divorce (Jewish law)
Jewish families--Conduct of life
Jewish women--Religious life
Jewish women--United States
Orthodox Judaism--Customs and practices--United States
Women and religion
Women in Judaism
Beck, Evelyn Torton
Brauner, Ronald A.
Greenberg, Irving, 1933-
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Schneider, Susan Weidman
Thurman, Robert A. F.
United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York