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    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 ▸

  • Sexism in Israel?

    Kevin Peraino writes in Newsweek: If Tzipi Livni manages to assemble a coalition, all three branches of Israel’s government will be led by women: Dalia Itzik became Israel’s first female speaker of Knesset in 2006 and Dorit Beinisch heads the Supreme Court. So you might think all the fuss in America about lipstick and pigs… More ▸

  • Rescued by an Israeli soldier

    Glynis Ann Ritchie has a touching essay in The New York Times’ style section about how she, a starry-eyed American Jewish girl, fell for a hunky Israeli soldier on a Birthright Israel trip. Though the Israeli turns out to be part of the parade of callous men that Ritchie says “opened up my chest, scooped… 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 ▸