Skip to main content

Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education Collection

Identifier: MS-0464

Scope and Contents

The Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education Collection contains the complete documentation of all the programs and publications of the Institute. The collection consists of all of the books published by the Institute, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a video tape.


  • 1977-2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

The Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education was founded in 1977 and existed until 2004. Its mission was to bring women together to study with Jewish female scholars and artists who were doing cutting edge research and work. The Institute pioneered the teaching of Torah, Talmud and midrash by women and established the Shabbat lecture series. The Institute has had an impact far beyond Southern California. Its eight books have served as a resource for Jewish women nationwide and have empowered lay women to reflect on Jewish sources and to create midrash and liturgy. The San Diego Women's Haggadah (1980) was the first women's text available for those seeking to hold a feminist seder. Similarly, Taking the Fruit: Modern Women's Tales of the Bible (1981) was the first collection of women's midrashim. A Ceremonies Sampler: New Rites, Celebrations, and Observances of Jewish Women (1991) brought together the new ritual and liturgy created by Jewish feminists.


1.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2004 by Dr. Irene Fine and in 2005 by Barbara Hurwitz (JHSSD #2004.06.) It was transferred to the Library and Information Access December 21, 2010.

Source of Acquisition

Jewish Historical Society of San Diego



Woman's Institute for Continuing Jewish Education Collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US