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    The committee charged with finding compromises to the crisis over religious pluralism in Israel is considering four possible solutions to the controversy regarding women praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Reform and Conservative movements and a group known as Women of the Wall have reportedly agreed to a proposal under which there would… More ▸

  • Bella Abzug Remembered As ‘tikkun Olam Incarnate’

    “It is the passing of an era,” Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said upon hearing of this week’s death of Bella Abzug, the first Jewish woman elected to Congress. She “was a spitfire,” said Forman, who worked with the Democratic lawmaker from New York when he was a staffer for… More ▸

  • Israel Sets Procedures for Converting Adoptees

    A piece of the controversy over conversions performed in Israel has likely been resolved. The Israeli government this week approved the recommendations of a committee dealing with the conversions of children adopted abroad. The committee, headed by Rabbi Haim Druckman, a former National Religious Party Knesset member, had called for the creation of special rabbinical… More ▸

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    Susan Weidman Schneider, the editor of the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, was one of 30 editors of women’s magazines hosted at a White House conference. The daylong seminar, which included a briefing by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and touted “pro-women” initiatives, came against the backdrop of allegations of sexual misconduct by the president. More ▸

  • 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 ▸

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    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 ▸