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  • Jews Looking Outside Synagogues for New Rituals and Life-cycle Events

    Sam Sontag’s parents wanted him to have a bar mitzvah, but they aren’t religious and felt it would be hypocritical to join a congregation. Shalva Sorani is active in her Berkeley, Calif., congregation, but when she faced a mastectomy her friends wanted a female rabbi to lead their all-women healing circle. These are some of… More ▸

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    Brussels’ French-speaking liberal community celebrated the arrival of Belgium’s first female rabbi. On Sunday, Congregation Beth Hillel also inaugurated its new building, the first in the country that is specifically designed to house a non-Orthodox community, while welcoming its recently appointed rabbi, Paris-born Floriane Chinsky. More ▸

  • Large Conservative Synagogue Names Female Rabbi in ‘groundbreaking’ Move

    Twenty years after the Conservative movement began ordaining women as rabbis, a large New Jersey congregation has chosen a woman to fill its top rabbinic post, a development movement leaders are hailing as "groundbreaking." The board of Congregation Beth El in South Orange voted on March 7 to appoint Rabbi Francine Roston, 36, as the… More ▸

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    Alvin Reines, whose philosophy helped lay the foundation for the ordination of female rabbis, died Nov. 14 at age 78. Reines was a longtime professor of philosophy at the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. More ▸

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    A Conservative rabbi is running a marathon to honor the movement’s first ordination of a female rabbi. Lisa Gelber, associate dean of the Jewish Theological Seminary, will run in the Nike 26.2: A Marathon for Women to Benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More ▸

  • Leaders of the Tribe [part 4] from Up-and-comers to Insiders, Portraits of American Jewish Leaders

    The American Jewish community boasts a variety of leaders. JTA has selected a sample to show some current models in championing the causes of Jewish life. “The Up-and-Comer” Matthew Grossman, executive director, B’nai B’rith Youth Organization For Matthew Grossman, 33, one of the youngest professionals heading a major American Jewish organization, Jewish life has just… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5764 October 2003

    MOSCOW Belarus’ Jewish community protests a decision by the country’s Education Ministry to close a Jewish studies institute. NEW YORK Russian Jewish scientist Vitaly Ginzburg is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Ginzburg is honored “for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids,” the Nobel Prize committee says. JERUSALEM Twenty-one people are killed… More ▸