Women’s rights, economic justice are top concerns, but some question Obama’s commitment to Israel.
Jewish Week Correspondent
Just as she did four years ago at about this time, Blu Greenberg has found herself in animated debate with friends who are planning to vote for Barack Obama, as well as those supporting Obama’s Republican opponent.
“I find myself arguing on both sides,” said Greenberg, a prominent Orthodox feminist, who notes that most of her liberal, feminist friends favor the president’s re-election, while most of her Orthodox friends favor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.
Rosh Hodesh, Susan B. Anthony and the teenage girl.
Rabbi Anne Ebersman
I recently attended my daughter’s fifth grade American Heritage Ceremony. The students researched how various important documents from American history were created and then wrote and performed in skits about what they learned. One group was assigned the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
The most remarkable aspect of the first full-time co-ed learning program just ending at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, a pioneer in advanced Torah study for women, is how unremarkable it felt.
I visited the experimental program for college and graduate students spending the month of June in a “student immersion program” that combined Talmud and philosophy in examining “the relationship between spirituality and community involvement and action,” according to the program description.
It is gratifying to read about Yifat Ovadia’s initiative, Olim B’Yachad(“Finding Jobs, And Hope, For Ethiopian Gen-Xers,” Feb. 26).
The marginalization of any member of Israel’s society is anathema to Jewish core values, and although there exist any number of interventional programs that serve the Ethiopian Israeli community, almost none address the huge cultural chasm that prevents these young people from achieving the same success as other Israelis.