feminism

  • Jewish Feminists Recall when the ‘earth Shook’

    It’s been 25 years since the passionate movements of the 1960s inspired 500 Jewish women to come together for the first national Jewish women’s conference. “The impact of the first conference was seismic. I mean, the earth shook,” said Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Pogrebin was one of about 85 women who met last week to mark… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Five women’s organizations in Israel created a coalition to heighten awareness of women’s issues in the months leading up to November’s nationwide municipal elections, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. The coalition includes Emunah, Na’amat, WIZO, the Israel Women’s Network and the Municipal Women’s Councils. The coalition is planning to launch a campaign to expand… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Orthodox Women Learn That Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is power — and Orthodox women are applying the maxim to their lives in unprecedented numbers. Across the Orthodox world, women are turning to Judaism’s most sacred texts to understand for themselves the foundations of their faith. "It’s all over, like poppies pushing up in a winter field," said Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who is… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Nascent Movement Seeks ‘new Role’ for Today’s Man

    Move over, Iron John — and make way for Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom. Rosenbloom is one of the people adding a Jewish twist to the Robert Bly-Sam Keen school of male spiritual bonding, made famous earlier this decade when their best-selling books spawned conferences and support groups for those wanting to explore the meaning of manhood… More ▸

  • Profile: Leading Israeli Feminist Embraces Conservative Judaism

    Most people are contemplating retirement at the age of 70, but Alice Shalvi isn’t most people. Just shy of her 71st birthday, Shalvi has become the rector of the Beit Midrash, the Conservative/Masorti movement’s seminary of Judaic studies in Israel. Honored numerous times for her achievements in the fields of feminism and religious education, Shalvi,… More ▸

  • Looking Back at 5757: Shattered Ideals Color a Year Wracked by Disunity and Pain

    This was the year some of the Jewish community’s sacred cows were slaughtered. Many of the principles and causes closest to the hearts of American Jews were attacked — and, in some cases, mortally wounded — during 5757. Scandal and consolidation hit some of the most venerated institutions, while Jewish unity was fractured. But even… More ▸

  • Women Oppose `back of the Bus’

    An umbrella group representing Israeli women’s organizations has petitioned the High Court of Justice to rescind a decision by the transportation minister to separate men and women on buses that serve fervently Orthodox neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. Under the decision by Minister Yitzhak Levy of the National Religious Party, women would be required… More ▸

  • A Chronology of Jewish News in 5757

    Compiled by JTA intern Rebecca Phillips September 1996 JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat meet face to face for the first time. NEW YORK — The executive committee of the Council of Jewish Federations unanimously votes to form a partnership with the United Jewish Appeal. ZURICH — Switzerland… More ▸

  • Successful Conference Spawns New Orthodox Feminist Alliance

    When more than 1,000 people showed up for a conference on feminism and Orthodoxy in February, organizers knew that they had tapped into something powerful. To further develop the grass-roots movement of Orthodox feminists, conference organizers are starting a new organization: the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. The alliance will be based in New York and… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Compromises Are Sought After Conversion Measure is Approved

    The Israeli Cabinet received the news of last week’s Tel Aviv suicide bombing as it was debating a issue divisive to the Jewish world. At that meeting, the Cabinet approved an amendment that would bar the legal recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel. Whether the amendment gets sent to the Knesset before… More ▸