My Grandmother’s Candlesticks



My Grandmother’s Candlesticks: Judaism & Feminism

A Multigenerational Memoir

by Diane Schulder Abrams

Hardcover; List Price $35

Diane Schulder Abrams’ unpredictable life story encompasses avid participation in the feminist movement of the 1960s and ‘70s to traditional Jewish observance, and the realization that the two need not contradict each other. At the encouragement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, she undertook to write this volume about the inspiration she received from her grandmother, how it shaped her, and how she transmitted to her own daughters.

Spanning seven generations three continents, as well as cultural, political, and technological revolutions, this captivating multigenerational memoir tells the story of one family’s struggle to maintain its faith and to retain its traditions. Assimilation, women’s equality, and resurgence of antisemitism are interwoven major themes. Schulder Abrams manages to seamlessly weave all these elements together in presenting the journey that is this family’s history, while placing at its center the woman who sets the story in motion, her grandmother Rose (Rochel) Schulder, strong, confident yet humble, respected by those who knew her.


About the Author

After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1964, Diane Schulder Abrams clerked for Judge Dudley B. Bonsal, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. She then worked as a trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in New York City for two years. In 1968, she was part of the team that represented Dr. Benjamin Spock who was indicted in Boston federal court on conspiracy charges based upon his anti-Vietnam war activities. In 1969, she created and taught the first Women and the Law course at a law school in the United States, first at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and then at New York University School of Law. Subsequently, she practiced matrimonial law in Manhattan. In 2000, she joined Brown Harris Stevens Residential Real Estate Properties where she worked as a real estate broker for more than twenty years.

Her articles have appeared in law journals and national periodicals and newspapers. She is co-author with Florynce Kennedy of the book, Abortion Rap, and author of a chapter in the book edited by Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Robert Abrams, former New York State Attorney General.

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