Women

  • In a First, Orthodox Shul Hires Woman to Rule on Certain Jewish Legal Issues

    For centuries, observant Jewish women had to go to the only religious authorities available, male rabbis, when they had questions about perhaps the most intimate of issues: their sex lives. But now there is a female Orthodox legal expert on American soil trained to respond to women’s issues such as mikvah, menstrual cycles and couples’… More ▸

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    Some 100 Christians and several Jewish leaders attended a joint Passover seder in Rio de Janeiro. The April 1 seder was held in Rio’s largest synagogue and led by Brazil’s only woman rabbi. Rabbi Sandra Kochmann, the assistant spiritual leader of the 1,000-family Reform temple ARI, discussed the meaning of Passover and each of the… More ▸

  • Yoffie Calls for Greater Links Among Reform Jews

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone. That was the message at the Reform movement’s 67th biennial here last week. Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe, and fight anti-Semitism by forging closer ties to Christians, said the movement’s president, Rabbi… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbinical Assembly to Launch Survey on Women Rabbis

    Are women rabbis hitting the stained-glass ceiling? That’s one of the questions to be asked in a new study by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which is undertaking the first study of Conservative women rabbis since the movement began ordaining them in 1985, JTA has learned. “Overall in society, it’s clear that women’s advancement in… More ▸

  • Meeting in London, Women Rabbis Find Similarities Cut Across Borders

    The 100 women who gathered in London for a conference on female rabbis may have come from different countries, but they found that they face many of the same challenges. The four-day conference of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, which ended Wednesday, was the first held outside the United States, demonstrating the growing number and importance… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸