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  • Jewish Feminists Recall when the ‘earth Shook’

    It’s been 25 years since the passionate movements of the 1960s inspired 500 Jewish women to come together for the first national Jewish women’s conference. “The impact of the first conference was seismic. I mean, the earth shook,” said Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Pogrebin was one of about 85 women who met last week to mark… More ▸

  • A New Orthodox Dilemma: What to Call a Female ‘rabbi’

    Rabbanit. Morateinu. Poseket. Congregational intern. Torahnot. There’s a whole new vocabulary evolving in the Orthodox world. It’s springing up around the increasing number of Orthodox women who are serving in positions — as teachers of men and women and as interpreters of Jewish law — that even a few years ago would have seemed unlikely,… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Orthodox Women Learn That Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is power — and Orthodox women are applying the maxim to their lives in unprecedented numbers. Across the Orthodox world, women are turning to Judaism’s most sacred texts to understand for themselves the foundations of their faith. "It’s all over, like poppies pushing up in a winter field," said Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who is… More ▸

  • Almost a Rabbi: Woman’s Hire Charts Untested Orthodox Turf

    An Orthodox synagogue, for the first time, has hired a woman to work as a rabbi — almost. Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue has hired Julie Stern Joseph to teach adult education classes, provide pastoral counseling and visit women in the hospital — roles often performed by a rabbi. Both Stern Joseph and Lincoln Square’s rabbi,… More ▸

  • Chicago Rabbinical Groups Issue Decree to Dialogue on Concerns

    At a time of increasing religious factiousness, a ray of hope has blown in from the Windy City. The city’s two rabbinical organizations — the all-Orthodox Chicago Rabbinical Council and the multidenominational Chicago Board of Rabbis — have jointly issued a statement calling on their respective communities to work together toward understanding and cordial relations…. More ▸

  • Little-known Orthodox Group Inflames Jews Across Spectrum

    When a little-known organization of Orthodox rabbis disseminated a statement declaring Reform and Conservative Judaism “not Judaism at all,” angry reaction emanated from both Orthodox and liberal Jewish quarters. Nearly everyone — from the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which many mistakenly thought was the source of the statement, to the organization of… More ▸

  • Two Orthodox Rabbis Launch New Training Program for Women

    Two modern Orthodox rabbis are starting a training program for highly educated Orthodox Jewish women that could bring them one step closer to rabbinic ordination. But even one of the project’s organizers emphasizes that the program’s immediate goal is not the ordination of women. Saul Berman and Avi Weiss, New York rabbis who are well-known… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Study on Conservative Jews Finds the ‘center is Holding’

    For decades, Conservative Judaism was caught between Orthodoxy and Reform, defined more by what it wasn’t than by what it was. More recently, it has been caught between divergent religious and cultural trends that have pulled many religious movements further to the left or the right. But the Conservative movement has held firm to its… More ▸