women rabbis

  • News Brief

    Julie Schonfeld was chosen as the first female rabbi to direct an American rabbinical association. Schonfeld was named Wednesday as the new executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative movement’s rabbinic group. She will succeed Rabbi Joel Meyers, who will step down July 1. Schonfeld is the first female rabbi to serve in… More ▸

  • Finding Judaism in the Great Outdoors: Two New Guidebooks Show How

    There were about two dozen people on Rabbi Mike Comins’ Torah Trek in Tilden Park here. Most members and friends of Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish Renewal-style community, had hiked a lot. Many had prayed or meditated. Some had done both together. But none, the hikers were to learn, had done it quite this Jewishly. Comins,… More ▸

  • Reform Student on Track to Become the First Black Female Rabbi

    Alysa Stanton-Ogulnick isn’t particularly interested in being a standard-bearer. She’s proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raised her adopted child on her own. And when she says that next May, following her ordination as a Reform rabbi, she will become the first black… More ▸

  • Action is Needed to Smash Glass Ceiling in Communal World

    Can we talk about gender? Again? Or maybe not. We have been having a conversation in the Jewish community about gender for more than three decades. During that time there have been some remarkable changes: the ordination of women rabbis, the proliferation of egalitarian prayer services and bat mitzvah as a rite of passage. In… More ▸

  • New Book Blasts Gender Inequity, Seeks Change in Organizations

    It’s been 45 years since the U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job. It’s been 44 years since Title VI of the Civil Right Act barred employment discrimination on the basis of race or sex, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was… More ▸

  • New Women’s Torah Commentary Enriches Understanding of the Text

    This week marks the debut of "The Torah: A Women’s Commentary," which brings together the scholarship and insights of women from all segments of the Jewish community and from around the world. For the past two years, in advance of the commentary’s publication, I have previewed drafts in congregations across the country. Inevitably, when I… More ▸

  • U.S. Reform Rabbis Discover Reform Judaism in E. Europe

    The rabbi’s wife was suspicious. Bruce Raff of Temple Judea in West Hills, Calif., claimed he was off to visit the Reform Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, but his wife wasn’t buying it. “Where are you going to find these people?” she asked. “I mean, we never saw them.” During a trip to Prague… More ▸

  • Flap over Legal Scholar’s Article Misses Real Intermarriage Story

    Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman would have stood on much stronger intellectual ground had he simply sent the following notice to the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times, the usual address for high-powered wedding announcements: Noah Feldman, a nice Jewish boy and graduate of several prestigious institutions, including the Maimonides School in… More ▸

  • Reform Launches Groundbreaking Campaign to Encourage Immigration to Israel

    Crowning an evolution decades in the making, the Reform movement has formed a groundbreaking partnership with a quasi-governmental Israeli agency to encourage immigration to the Jewish state. On Monday, the movement launched a three-city U.S. tour to encourage Reform Jews to move to Modi’in, a modern Israeli city of 70,000 with a sizable Anglo-immigrant community…. More ▸

  • News Brief

    Britain’s new prime minister appointed Rabbi Dame Julia Neuberger to his Cabinet. Neuberger will advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown on issues relating to the voluntary sector, especially in the arena of public health services, the area on which she speaks for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. The appointment was announced over the… More ▸