Women rabbis

Needed: Discussion Rather Than Name-Calling On Women Rabbis

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) adopted a member resolution last month opposing the ordination of women into the Orthodox rabbinate. It was not the organization’s first public statement on the matter, but it has been the most controversial by far.

Rabbi Heshie Billet

On Restating That Women Rabbis Are Taboo

11/02/2015 - 19:00

One can only wonder at the single-minded focus and dedication of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest body of Orthodox rabbis in North America, to passionately pursue, comment on and pass resolutions on the key issues facing Modern Orthodoxy, and perhaps American and world Jewry today.

Rabbinical Council Of America Officially Bans Ordination And Hiring Of Women Rabbis

11/01/2015 - 19:00

The Rabbinical Council of America, the main modern Orthodox rabbinical group, formally adopted a policy prohibiting the ordination or hiring of women rabbis.

Israeli women of the Women of the Wall organization praying just outside the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City. JTA

Ordain Women? Vatican Synod Gets An Unexpected Proposal

10/07/2015 - 20:00

The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do with gays or divorce, but instead ordaining women — not as priests, but as deacons.

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, as he arrives in procession. RNS

Riverdale Synagogue Appoints Second Woman As Rabba

Move at HIR seems to renege on Rabbi Avi Weiss’ promise; drives further wedge between centrist and ‘open’ Orthodoxy.

09/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

They are the new Rabbanut, so to speak.

While Rabba Sara Hurwitz of Riverdale’s Hebrew Institute (HIR) made headlines in 2010 as America’s first Orthodox “Rabba,” the negotiated title for female rabbi, she now has company.

Rabba Anat Sharbat holds a doctorate in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University.  Courtesy of HIR

New Rabbi’s ‘Outside-The-Box’ Outreach

The first woman rabbi at Peekskill congregation stretching the boundaries of her pulpit.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Westchester Correspondent

Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz is happy to talk about her journey to the rabbinate, her warm welcome as the new rabbi at First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill and her ambitions for the community.

“My being a woman, by the fact of my gender, screams change,” says Rabbi Bogatz. Courtesy of First Hebrew Congregation

New Cohort Of Clergy Tests Orthodox Readiness For Women Rabbis

05/12/2015 - 20:00

When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field.

Three Decades Later, Conservative Women Rabbis Have Made An Impact

05/04/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I heard my voice crack with unexpected emotion last week when I participated in a panel discussion at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women as rabbis in the Conservative movement. It was a fine panel with Blu Greenberg, the force behind Orthodox feminism; Alisa Doctoroff, president of the board of UJA-Federation of New York; and Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as moderator. Our topic was how the ordination of women by the seminary had impacted the Conservative movement and the larger American Jewish community.

Francine Klagsbrun

Female Rabbis At Forefront Of Pioneering Prayer Communities

Charismatic spiritual leaders, most of whom are on the West Coast, stressing innovation and outreach.

12/15/2014 - 19:00

Los Angeles — A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva band drum playing on the beach.  Phyllis Osman

Advancing New Reasons To Ordain Orthodox Women

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The recent conferral of the title “maharat,” the equivalent of “rabbi,” to three Orthodox women has rekindled a long-standing debate within the Orthodox community about ordaining women.

Elli Fischer
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