Sara Hurwitz

Sarah Fainberg Interviews Rabba Sara Hurwitz

 The first video in a new season for Faith Complex, produced by Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

Sarah Fainberg Interviews Rabba Sara Hurwitz

 The first video in a new season for Faith Complex, produced by Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

Liberal Orthodox Rabbinic Group: No Women Members

Setback for Rabba Hurwitz from fellowship Avi Weiss helped found.

01/11/2011
Editor and Publisher

The most liberal Orthodox rabbinic group in the U.S. has voted down its first proposal to accept women members.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: Disappointed in conservative vote of liberal rabbinical organization.

Orthodox Union Nixes Women Leading Friday Night Services

10/15/2010

(JTA) -- The Orthodox Union issued a statement saying women may not lead Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services if men are present.

Last week’s decision by the group's board of directors is the latest setback for Orthodox Jews seeking greater roles for women in worship ritual.

“With regard to the matter of a woman leading Kabbalat Shabbat services before an audience of men and women, the position of the Orthodox Union is that such practice is improper and constitutes an unacceptable breach of Jewish tradition," the board said.

Weiss Moves Beyond ‘Rabba’

Woman cantor at HIR praised, rapped in new round of Orthodox feminist wars.

08/04/2010
Staff Writer

This time, in the pitched battle between Rabbi Avi Weiss and the Orthodox establishment, the “rabba” was merely the undercard.

Sara Hurwitz is a spiritual leader at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and her promotion in March to rabba, a member of the shul’s rabbinic leadership, by Rabbi Weiss set off a brushfire of criticism at HIR and across the Orthodox world. She was at shul as usual last Friday night, but she was hardly the main event.

Rabbi Avi Weiss allowed woman to lead services last Friday night.

Yeshivat Maharat Gets ‘Seal Of Approval’

Bikkurim incubator to support Orthodox women’s seminary headed by Sara Hurwitz.

07/13/2010
Staff Writer

 As the controversy surrounding Sara Hurwitz’s designation as “rabba” continues to swirl in the wake of her being named to Newsweek’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America” list, news that the yeshiva she runs to train Orthodox women as spiritual and halachic leaders has been chosen to get financial and nonprofit development support from the incubator Bikkurim was undoubtedly comforting. 

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: “Validation for our work.”

Agudah: Avi Weiss Shul Not Orthodox

It's a strange thing about some liberal rabbis. They knock the concept of "Das Torah" (the unilateral and unquestioned right of sages to guide their community based upon their mastery of Torah). But then, when a rabbi such as Avi Weiss want to create a woman rabbi, he acts unilaterally, without respecting any communal consensus, based upon what he says is his own mastery and understanding of Torah. In other words, his Das Torah.  
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