Jewish feminism

Western Wall Rabbi’s Apology For Kippah Incident Does Little To Ease Religious Tensions

Rabbi Rabinovitch and Women of the Wall trade barbs over woman who was sent away from the Kotel for wearing a kippah.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
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Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall, apologized for the way ushers questioned and expelled Linda Siegel-Richman from the site for wearing a kippah, but expressed doubt as to whether the incident occurred and blamed Women of the Wall’s activism for the heightened tensions.

Members of Women of the Wall pray while Israeli police watch for angry protestors. Getty Images

Revitalization, Reflection As Feminist Seder Returns

After eight-year hiatus, Jewish leaders reflect on Miriam’s Cup’s winding path.

04/07/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It is just minutes before the 2 p.m. start time of the Ma’yan feminist seder, and an electric current buzzes through the still-long entry line to the Museum of Jewish Heritage. After an eight-year hiatus, Ma’yan, a group that teaches feminist leadership skills and advocates social justice for women and all people, is once again hosting a pre-Passover gathering, this time marking the event’s 20th anniversary.

Four generations of women celebrated four decades of feminist seders at the Museum of Jewish Heritage this week. Beth Shepherd

‘Voices Of Change’ At The JOFA Conference

Edgy topics and an influx of young people at first international gathering of Orthodox feminists in four years.

12/09/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Social change within a conservative system is fueled by persistence and tempered with patience. Ever since its beginnings two decades ago around the dining room table of pioneer Blu Greenberg, the association of feminism and Orthodoxy has sparked fierce support, relentless opposition and multitude of questions.

Israeli Knesset member Ruth Calderon speaking Sunday at the JOFA conference. Joan Roth

Oh My G-d, You Guys!

What is there left to say about Mindy Meyer?

 In case you somehow haven't heard, Flatbush resident Ms. Meyer is running as the Republican candidate for the State Senate against incumbent Kevin Parker. She is young (22) and an Orthodox Jew, but that's not why she's made the national news. 

Ms. Mindy Meyer

My Memories Of Debbie Friedman, And Her Memorable Words

01/11/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I wish Debbie Friedman had been alive to hear what was said about her at her funeral.

A similar thought occurs to me when I attend other people's funerals but never did I feel it so acutely as I did this past Tuesday as I watched the live-streaming of Debbie's memorial service on-line along with seven thousand other people who, like me, were singing and crying at their desks, on their iPhones, in their living rooms, and sending messages to each other simultaneously of sorrow, comfort, and gratitude for her life.

The Rabbinical Council of America should:

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