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  • Reform Group Plans to Publish New Women’s Torah Commentary

    Amid a growing interest in Jewish women’s studies, a Reform group is commissioning what will be the most comprehensive women’s Torah commentary ever. Announced days before Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah, the book will be written entirely by women and is expected to take about five years to complete. Edited by… More ▸

  • Conservative Movement Leader Discovered Joy of Judaism As Adult

    Had anyone told Judy Yudof when she was growing up in Philadelphia that she would one day become president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, she would have been surprised. After all, Yudof did not attend synagogue as a child — and she did not have a Bat Mitzvah. Yudof, 56, who was installed… More ▸

  • Orthodox Woman Wanted to Be Rabbi, but Finds Her Role As ‘religious Mentor’

    Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in a Jewish enclave in the Bronx, Sharona Margolin Halickman longed to be doing the things her synagogue rabbis did. But her grandmother told her, "No, you’re Orthodox, you can’t be a rabbi," Halickman recalls. Now Halickman, the newly installed "madrichah ruchanit," or religious mentor, at the Hebrew… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A child survivor of the Holocaust became the first female rabbi in Austria, the country her family fled 63 years ago. After her appointment was announced in March, Eveline Goodman-Thau was welcomed to Vienna’s 160-member liberal congregation, Or Chadash, where she will serve for at least one year. More ▸

  • Austria Gets First Female Rabbi

    A child survivor of the Holocaust has become the first female rabbi in the country her family fled some 63 years ago. After her appointment was announced in March, Eveline Goodman-Thau was welcomed Sunday to Vienna’s 160-member liberal congregation, Or Chadash, where she will serve for at least one year. Goodman-Thau, who will be 67… More ▸

  • Months After HUC Resignation, Zimmerman Hired by Birthright

    A rabbi recently suspended from the Reform movement’s rabbinic organization because of sexual impropriety has been hired to a top position by a program that sends thousands of young Jews on free trips to Israel. Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, who resigned as president of the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in December, will become… More ▸

  • Passover Feature: Welcoming Ceremonies for Girls Taking on the Weight of Tradition

    Woven into many Jews’ seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions. A Miriam’s Cup next to Elijah’s represents the role of the prophetess Miriam in the Exodus and highlights women’s contribution to Jewish culture. A seemingly out-of-place orange on the seder plate represents how women… More ▸

  • Women Rabbis Celebrate Sixteen Years of Conservative Ordination

    Streaming down the hallway from the Jewish Theological Seminary cafeteria Sunday night came an unusual sound: some 100 female voices, undisturbed by tenor or bass, joyously singing the blessing after meals. Not only did all the voices belong to women, but almost all belonged to rabbis or rabbinical students. It was a significant moment in… More ▸