Women rabbis

OU’s New Women’s Commission: Sadly, More Of The Same

09/09/2016 - 14:40

Jewish Week editor Gary Rosenblatt recently reported that the Orthodox Union (OU) has chosen a group of seven rabbis for the purpose of providing, according to the OU, “guidance regarding the ordination of women and related issues such as the broadest spectrum of professional roles within the shul that a woman can perform,” (“OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy,” Aug. 5). 

Avi Weiss

Women’s Rabbinic Roles Accepted In Israel. Why Not Here?

08/23/2016 - 11:33
Special To The Jewish Week

Ever since the first exile of the Jewish people in 586 BCE, there have been multiple centers of Jewry. While most elements of Jewish life were centralized during the first temple era, everything changed when the leaders of the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia.

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy

Deep concern that strong stand on female rabbis could split the Orthodox community.

08/03/2016 - 08:40
Editor and Publisher

The Orthodox Union, the influential national body that serves hundreds of synagogues around the country, finds itself in a bind on an extremely delicate issue that touches on Jewish law and tradition, as well as societal norms in America — the role of women in synagogue life.

Gary Rosenblatt

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.

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