women cantors

  • New Female Cantor in Germany Came to Renewal After Journey

    At her cantorial ordination, Jalda Rebling suddenly bent down and removed her shoes and proceeded through the ceremony barefoot. “I was flying on the wings of the shechina,” Rebling said of her experience at the ceremony earlier this month. The words of ordination were spoken, and with them “a lot of energy went not only… More ▸

  • Looking to Prove Power of Sisterhood, German Jewish Women Form Network by Toby Axelrod

    They are architects, art historians, psychologists and academics. They are Jewish women. And they are in Germany. Until recently, that was all they had in common. But now these women have another tie that binds them: a German Jewish women’s network. “A Network of Jewish Women in Economics, Research, Media and Institutions” was launched this… More ▸

  • New Leader of Berlin’s Jews Plans Focus on Soviet Emigres

    In his first public remarks since being elected president of Berlin’s Jewish community, Alexander Brenner has condemned the “latent anti-Semitism” in Germany reflected in news reporting on Israel. Anti-Israel sentiment in the German media “has awakened bad memories,” Brenner said. “Every Jew already hears in his head the next step: Instead of `Don’t buy from… More ▸

  • News Brief

    There were no protests or disturbances when a group of Reform Jews, led by a female cantor, prayed Tuesday at the Western Wall. Reform leaders said the lack of disruption might be a sign of the growing acceptance of Judaism’s liberal streams in Israel. More ▸

  • Despite Traditionalist Defection, Cantors Group Admits Women Members

    After three years of often divisive debate and the formation of a splinter group of cantors unhappy with what it sees as the group’s liberal bent, the Conservative movement’s Cantors Assembly inducted its first women members this month. Fourteen women were welcomed into the professional organization at its 44th annual convention by Cantor Samuel Rosenbaum,… More ▸

  • Cantors Assembly Leadership Decides to Admit Women to Professional Body

    The executive council of the Cantors Assembly has decided to admit qualified women to the professional association of Conservative cantors, ending a battle that began three years ago when the Jewish Theological Seminary began conferring cantorial degrees on women. The move, which puts the assembly in line with the egalitarian philosophy espoused by the seminary,… More ▸

  • Women Again Fail to Muster Votes for Admission to Cantors Assembly

    For the third year in a row, the Cantors Assembly has voted down a motion to admit fully accredited women cantors as members. The 100-68 vote in favor of amending the assembly’s bylaws fell 12 short of the required two-thirds vote needed for passage. A similar resolution last year fell 19 votes short. This year’s… More ▸

  • Cantors Assembly Again Turns Down Proposal to Admit Qualified Women

    For the second year in a row, the Cantors Assembly has rejected a proposal to offer membership to women who receive cantorial degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The vote on a motion to amend the assembly’s by-laws to admit women members was 108-82, 19 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for… More ▸