Siddur Nashim: A Sabbath Prayer Book for Women is a feminist siddur written in 1976 by Naomi Janowitz and Margaret Wenig of the Brown University Women's Minyan. It is the first siddur to use female imagery and pronouns to refer to God.[1]

Siddur Nashim: A Sabbath Prayer Book for Women
AuthorNaomi Janowitz and Margaret Wenig
GenrePrayer Book
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Written by Margaret Wenig and Naomi Janowitz while college students, members of the Brown University Women's Minyan, the siddur is entirely in English. It follows the general order of the Shabbat service, while adding original psalms and a prayer about menstruation.[2] Because the siddur was considered controversial, it was never formally published on the decision of its authors, and copies are only available from Rabbi Wenig.[3] Selections of the siddur have been printed as "Sabbath Prayers for Women" in Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow's 1979 book Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion.[4]


  1. ^ Shannon Weber (4 June 2019). Feminism in Minutes. Quercus. pp. 286–. ISBN 978-1-63506-142-0.
  2. ^ Danis, Naomi (1977). "Resources for Jewish Women". Lilith.
  3. ^ Blumenthal, David R. (July 2010). "Siddur B'Chol L'vav'cha: With All Your Heart – By Congregation Beth Simchat Torah". Reviews in Religion & Theology. 17 (3): 341–344. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9418.2010.00579.x.
  4. ^ Plaskow, Judith. "Feminist Theology". The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2023-03-29.

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