In today’s America, a woman can battle her way through a presidential campaign, but she will still find it difficult to reach the top of most Jewish organizations.
Women may dominate the Jewish communal workplace in numbers but, stifled by a glass ceiling, they rarely become leaders, according to Shifra Bronznick, co-author of a just-published guidebook called “Leveling the Playing Field” (Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and Cambridge Leadership Associates).
It’s tek’l, the Israeli pronunciation of the English term, and Israeli sports fans will have growing opportunities to say it — the FieldTurf Israel Football League, the country’s first tackle football league, will kick off Nov. 16, when Big Blue Jerusalem hosts Dancing Camel HaSharon at the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem.
Beneath the surge of Jewish unity, as a broad spectrum of pro-Israel groups back Israel’s Gaza military surge, are differences over tactics, growing uncertainty over exactly how to express support for the embattled Jewish state and some of the sharpest skirmishes yet between “mainstream” Jewish organizations and the peace camp.
Yossi Goldberg played soccer and basketball as a boy growing up in Israel, but figure skating was in his blood — his mother was a figure skater in Lithuania.
That, says Goldberg, founder and president of the Israeli Figure Skating Association, is why he has devoted a dozen years to a winter sport in a Mediterranean country.
With evidence suggesting that Ashkenazi Jewish women are five to 10 times more likely than other women to be born with a mutant gene associated with breast cancer, Columbia Universityís College of Physicians and Surgeons is preparing a booklet to help such women decide whether to undergo genetic testing.
"There are legal and social issues that a woman may wish to consider," said Sherry Brandt-Rauf, associate research scholar at the schoolís Center for the Study of Society and Medicine.
The other day a reader emailed to comment about my report that groups on the Jewish left were included in last week’s conference call between Mideast envoy George Mitchell and Jewish leaders (see blog entry here).
Jews tend to view the evangelical community as a political and religious monolith, but that segment is every bit as diverse as …well, the Jews.
What brings this to mind: Thursday’s ¾ page ad in the Washington Post business section by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) politely informing Jews that they like us and everything, but have a duty to try to convert us.