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  • Orthodox Prenuptials Would Save Couples from Future Grief, Rabbi Says

    A group of influential Orthodox rabbis has thrown its weight behind prenuptial agreements in an effort to persuade more young couples to sign such documents before they marry. Eleven roshei yeshiva, or senior professors of Talmud, at the rabbinical school of Yeshiva University, have signed on to a statement urging greater use of pre- marriage… More ▸

  • Hadassah’s Zionist Credentials Are a Roadblock at United Nations

    Although it has been nearly a decade since the United Nations repealed its “Zionism Is Racism” resolution, Jewish nationalism apparently still sparks debate in the international body. Citing concerns about its Zionist ties, representatives of Lebanon and other Arab countries are putting up roadblocks against the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States in… More ▸

  • Feminists Honored in Israel

    Leading American and Israeli feminists were to be honored in a Knesset ceremony Wednesday as part of an American Jewish Congress gathering under way in Israel. "Dialogue 2000: Woman as Jew, Jew as Woman: Taking Stock at the Millennium," is the topic of the 35th annual America-Israel dialogue, sponsored by the AJCongress. American women being… More ▸

  • Atlanta Gathering to Unveil Game Plan for the New Ujc

    Mandy Patinkin ends his Yiddish version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with an exhortation: “Play Ball!” By the time the popular performer takes the stage on the last night of the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly next week, the 3,200 delegates and 2,000 volunteers expected to gather in Atlanta for the event… More ▸

  • Mysterious Feminist Group Sends New Year Message: ‘sexism is a Sin’

    A series of mysterious advertisements and a card put out by a group describing itself only as “Jewish Women Watching” has the New York Jewish world — including its feminist organizations — perplexed. The card — hand-addressed and sent on Sept. 11 with a Brooklyn postmark and no return address — bears a picture of… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Israeli Feminists Gear Up for Battle Against Sexism, Domestic Violence

    Two women are now among the most influential leaders in Israel. But for women’s rights advocates, the appointment of two female Cabinet members doesn’t begin to address the problem of a society, culture and government dominated by men. After weeks of protest from Israeli women’s rights groups and Jewish feminists around the world, Prime Minister… More ▸

  • Orthodox Women in Israel Join Debate over Their Role in Community

    More than 1,000 Orthodox women this week attended Israel’s first conference on the status of women in their community. Amid growing frustration on an array of issues, participants at the conference, sponsored by Bar-Ilan University and a nascent organization called Kolech, the Religious Women’s Forum, grappled with subjects ranging from the role of women in… More ▸