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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    More than 1,000 Orthodox women launched Israel’s first conference on the status of women in their community on Tuesday. Participants in the conference, sponsored by Bar-Ilan University and a new organization called Kolech, the Religious Women’s Forum, are discussing issues ranging from the role of women in synagogues to difficulties in obtaining religious divorces. More ▸

  • Jewish Parents Turn to Medical Technology to Conceive Children

    When Dr. David Barad talks about “the birds and the bees,” his subject matter has more to do with petri dishes and test tubes than romantic embraces. On any afternoon, Barad, director of reproductive endocrinology at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center, can expect a visit by those among the one in 10 American couples affected… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Orthodox synagogues in eight states and Canada are designing Shabbat programs centered around women’s Torah scholarship and communal Jewish leadership. The “Shabbat T’lamdeini: Women, Learning, Leadership and Community” program, organized by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance for April 30 through May 1, is the second international program developed by the alliance, an outgrowth of the… More ▸

  • For First Time, Israeli Arab is Given Miss Israel Crown

    An Arab woman has been named Miss Israel for the first time in the nation’s history. “I am totally Israeli, and I do not think about whether I am an Arab or a Jew,” 21-year-old Rana Raslan, from Haifa, said at Tuesday’s 1999 pageant. “They wanted a beauty queen, not a political queen,” said Raslan,… More ▸

  • University Establishes Institute to Study Jewish Life in U.S. West

    The University of Southern California has announced the establishment of an Institute for the Study of Jews in American Life that will study the growing number of Jews living in the Western United States. As leaders in the arts and media, the general economy, and in professional and academic life, “Jews are significantly influencing the… More ▸

  • Around the World: Women of the Wall Takes Campaign to Israeli Street

    Borrowing a page from the Lubavitch movement, the Women of the Wall group has launched a new outreach campaign to give Israeli women a chance to wrap themselves in a tallit, the ritual shawl worn by observant men, and some women, during Jewish prayer. The organization of women in Israel, who greet each new Jewish… More ▸