“Who Sets the Table?” is a multimedia project looking at who does what to make Jewish holidays happen in our homes. Over the course of the year we have been running a series of surveys, reader stories and commissioned essays exploring this dynamic. So far we have asked you about Passover, the Sabbath and the High Holidays, and we have learned that, in all cases, Mom does most of the work. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homes tend to be more egalitarian than straight households, though nowhere close to 50-50.
We’ve tallied up the results from our third installment of the ‘Who Sets the Table?’ survey series. Guess who made the holidays happen at home and got our tushes to synagogue?
Who makes the High Holidays happen in your home — and would it happen without women? Take our survey, share your stories and read personal takes from Elianna Yolkut and Pesach Sommer.
The results from our latest ‘Who Sets the Table?’ survey are in. Now we know, thanks to more than 500 of you, who does the work to make the day of rest.
Who makes Shabbat happen in your home — and would it happen without women? Take our survey, share your stories and read personal takes from Ruby Namdar and Judith Shulevitz.
Our survey looking into who makes Passover happen finds it’s mostly thanks to women. Read your Seder stories and a full breakdown of the poll about how the work gets done.
Is Passover still women’s work? The first installment of our ‘Who Sets the Table?’ series is about to find out — with a little help from you and your personal holiday stories.
In 2015, the Forward will explore whether women still do a disproportionate amount of the work around the Jewish holidays. Elissa Strauss offers an introduction.