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Female Rabbis

Can We Talk: Women and Leadership

Can We Talk | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Can We Talk

This month's "Can We Talk?" features an exchange between Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and Celene Ibrahim, M. Div., responding to the following question...

Women Rabbis Are At The Forefront Of Post-Denominational Judaism

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

(RNS) At a synagogue in Charleston, S.C., more than 20 years ago, teenager Rachel Nussbaum began wrapping tefillin — two black boxes attached to lea...

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Roles For Orthodox Women Take Leap Forward

Jewish Daily Forward | Anne Cohen | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion

By Anne Cohen The Jewish Daily Forward Sunday’s inaugural graduation at Yeshivat Maharat was no ordinary cap and gown ceremony. Rather, it was h...

She's My Rabbi: When Genealogy Clashes With Social Change

Jake Friedman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
Jake Friedman

'Tis graduation season -- or for rabbinical school, ordination season -- and my family welcomes my sister-in-law Dahlia as the first female rabbi in our tree. So it's a tad jarring that the family member whom I want to talk to most says, and I quote, "It's against my religion."

Free Range Rabbi

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

In the weeks before I was ordained as a rabbi, my husband Peter asked: "What will you say when people ask you what kind of a rabbi you are?" What did he mean what kind? What was I supposed to say?

Why I Now Support Women Of The Wall And Religious Freedom In Israel

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Empathy is never easy. As a man, I confess that I have struggled to be empathetic to the cause of a group of women that has been coming to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem for close to a quarter century to pray in protest of the religious freedom they lack. But ater this morning, the Women of the Wall have my respect and my support.

Israel Finally Recognizes Non-Orthodox Jews

Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion

For non-Orthodox Jews in Israel, a seven-year battle for recognition is over. But the larger struggle for acceptance continues. On Tuesday (May 29...

Motherhood And The Rabbinate: A Male Rabbi Responds

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The experience of coupling motherhood with a career is something women fought for in the last century. And Judaism is the better for it.

It Gets Beautiful: One Rabbi's Perspective On Being Jewish And LGBTQ

Rabbi Andrea Myers | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Andrea Myers

The phrase "It Gets Better," essential as it is, leaves me wanting more. It shouldn't just get better. Colds get better. Life should get beautiful

Celebrating Female Clergy

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It is time for male seminarians and clergy to repay their female classmates for all they continue to teach us and celebrate their coequal presence within our communities.

The Challenge Of Women Leadership In Orthodox Jewish Communities

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

In liberal Jewish synagogues across the country, women have achieved feminist success. But when you enter an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, you enter a gender time warp.

Overcoming Clergy Gender Norms

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Archetypes for men and women -- and especially clergy -- press us to conform to the norms dictated by our genders. People want religious leaders to look, sound and seem familiar.

What the Success of Women Rabbis Means for Judaism

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

Judaism has changed because women rabbis have helped shape the conversation. Perhaps it is time for a deeper and broader conversation about the criteria we should use to measure the success of all our rabbis.

Young Women Take Over Religion

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kate Fridkis

Leading the congregation, singing the ancient liturgy, I feel sexy, vibrant, and feminine. I feel so Jewish, and being so Jewish for me means being so womanly.

Sara Hurwitz's 'Rabba' Title Sparks Orthodox Jewish Condemnation

ReligionDispatches | Mark Dery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Just six weeks after Sara Hurwitz was granted the title of "rabba" -- a feminized version of "rabbi" -- that title is in jeopardy as Orthodox Jews con...