Children have little conception that the world outside of
their own could be different from the one they already know.
However, as a young Jewish girl growing up in the 50's and
60's in Montreal, Canada I always felt different; set apart.
stemmed from being an 'Anglo' in a French community, a Jew
in a powerfully Catholic province, and lastly female, without
an equal voice. This 'outsider' experience challenged, exhausted
and eventually prepared me to tell stories of other Jewish
women from another place and time, who also found themselves
Who were these
Jewish women pioneering the dusty trails of the West? Brave
and willing to stray from their familiar lives in order to
endure adventure, hardship and illness? How did these women
impact the isolated and primitive territory they found themselves
in? How did they shape the lives of their families and their
and faces of these early pioneer Jewish women have captured
my heart and imagination. I am compelled to tell their stories.
New Mexico 1999