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COLLECTION Identifier: T-360: Vt-166: DVD-49

Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004


Author, lecturer, educator, poet, and activist, Blu Greenberg helped bridge the gap between feminism and Orthodox Judaism.


  • Creation: 1976-2004

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

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 procedures.


51 audiotapes
4 videotapes
1 DVDs

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.


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:

  1. Series I. Audiotapes, 1976-2001 (#1-51)
  2. Series II. Visual materials, 1986-2004 (#1-5)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; Papers of Blu Greenberg, 1936-2006 (MC 599).

Processing Information

Processed: January 2010

By: Melissa Dollman

Greenberg, Blu, 1936- . Audiovisual collection of Blu Greenberg, 1976-2004: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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