Shiva and burial services are some of the most challenging moments for all of us, but particularly for women in traditional Jewish communities. Over the next week, The Sisterhood will be collecting stories from women about their experiences in Jewish mourning rituals. Have you felt marginalized by your limited role at a loved one’s funeral? Has Jewish tradition prevented you from mourning in the way you wanted to? Perhaps you’ve defied tradition, as Anne Cohen did at her grandfather’s funeral?
Please share your story (in 200 words or less) by Wednesday, August 28. We will publish a selection of your stories on The Sisterhood next month as part of a larger package investigating the role of Jewish women in mourning.
Emails and phone numbers will only be used for fact-checking purposes; if you’d rather be anonymous, please include a note in your submission.