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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    Conservative women rabbis have “transformed the Jewish world,” one of the rabbis’ leading supporters said at a gathering celebrating their contributions. Francine Klagsbrun, a writer and member of a commission that pushed during the 1980s for ordaining Conservative women rabbis, spoke Sunday at a two-day, all-women gathering in New York. More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: High-profile Cases Refocus Attention on Sexual Misconduct

    For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movement’s most prominent rabbis was suspended from the movement’s rabbinical association for past sexual misconduct. Shortly after his suspension from the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, widely respected as… More ▸

  • Book Depicts Jewish Moms As Resilient, Compassionate

    Hear the one about the Jewish mother whose goal was to marry off her daughter to a rich doctor? Lloyd Wolf and Paula Wolfson did too, and the punch lines of such denigrating Jewish jokes ultimately became their impetus to create, “Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion,” a coffee table picture book aimed at countering the… More ▸