Jewish Women Now

Where Frum And Savvy Collide

Given economic realities, haredi businesswomen are breaking down stereotypes and taking their places in the workforce.

Israel Correspondent
06/19/2012

Jerusalem — When “Rivky,” a fervently Orthodox woman with “a very large family” — she declined to provide numbers, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, and the need to advertise came up, “there was only one newspaper serving the ‘frum oylom’” she recalled, referring to the “religious world” in Yiddish-accented English. Today, the grandmother said, the growing haredi community “is fragmented.”

Marci Rapp, creator of MarSea Modest Swimwear, was one of the 200 participants at the Kishor conference for religious women.

New Energy From An Unlikely Source

Non-Jewish mothers, againt the odds, playing a growing role in liberal congregations.

Associate Editor
06/19/2012

With a new study indicating that New York’s non-Orthodox families are increasingly disengaged from communal life, particularly from synagogues, Alicia Scotti seems like a throwback to happier times.

Alicia Scotti is not Jewish, but she considers Rodeph Sholom’s Rabbi Robert Levine to be her “spiritual leader.”Michael Datikash

Can Hadassah, At 100, Go Virtual?

As iconic women’s group marks its centennial, it’s not standing pat in a fast-changing Jewish world. But can it lure enough young blood?

Staff Writer
06/19/2012

The birthday girl is turning 100 this year, and she says she’s feeling just fine, thank you. She’s still raising tons of money, has a membership role that continues to grow and is still improving health care in Israel through its world-class hospital.

But this is not your grandmother’s Jewish community anymore. And the jury is out on whether Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which marks its centennial this year, can be relevant to young Jewish women in a fast-moving world.

Participants in a Hadassah training session reflect a range of generations. Courtesy of Hadassah

A Journalistic Room Of One’s Own

Thirty-five years of ‘amplifying women’s voices.’ An interview with longtime Lilith editor in chief, Susan Weidman Schneider.

06/19/2012

In a feat of journalistic longevity, Lilith: The Jewish Women’s Magazine, has been around for 35 years now.  Along the way, the quarterly has sought to merge the wider women’s movement with the world of Jewish feminism. On the occasion of its 35 anniversary, The Jewish Week asked Lilith founding editor Susan Weidman Schneider to reflect on the issues that have animated the magazine’s coverage.

Editor Susan Weidman Schneider, above.

‘We Are Reclaiming Our Job’

Taking back the task of delivering babies, an all-female EMT group will soon hit the streets in Borough Park. Just don’t call Ruchie Freier a feminist.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/19/2012

Giving birth in Borough Park is about to get easier.

Ruchie Freier, right, and her mother, Sarah Gluck, during an ER rotation last month at Methodist Hospital.

From Egypt To Immokalee

In her bid to put the issue of modern-day slavery on the communal agenda, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster has taken the fight to Florida’s tomato-growing capital. And to her local grocery store.

Staff Writer
06/19/2012

Part of Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster’s fight against modern-day slavery is professional.

As a major goal of her work as director of North American Programs for the continent’s branch of the Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) organization, where she coordinates a national educational and lobbying effort, she is responsible for raising consciousness of the issue.

And part of her fight is personal. How she buys bananas.

In Immokalee, Fla., the country’s major tomato-growing site, the visiting rabbis meet with local workers.

Jewish Women Now June 2012

Rewriting The Script: New Roles, New Battles Fighting modern-day slavery, Hadassah at 100 and Lilith at 35, non-Jewish women energizing liberal congregations, frum women EMTs breaking the mold in Borough Park.

06/19/2012
Jewish Women Now June 2012

Collecting History, Preserving Heritage

05/03/2011

 No culture saves everything. Time passes, timber burns, stone is eroded, documents are misplaced and memories become distorted and rendered unidentifiable.

All the more so for a people without a central political or religious authority; for a peripatetic people, like the Jews, without vaults that held treasures for millennia or longstanding archives. Who was there to gather the remnants of the past, to determine what must not be lost?

Center for Jewish History

A Decade of Distinction- A Special Advertorial Section

05/02/2011

Upon the 10th anniversary of its founding, the Center for Jewish History is proud to celebrate its success in joining together the collections of 5 distinguished Jewish cultural and archival organizations. Since opening to the public in October 2000, the Center has achieved recognition as a venue of unrivaled historical documentation and scholarship, imaginative exhibition of Judaic art and artifacts, and vital public dialogue.

Center for Jewish History - A Decade of Distinction Advertorial Section
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