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Women in Judaism

A Prayer for Dad

Talia Weisberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Talia Weisberg

Saying Kaddish showed me that I can assert my voice in religious spaces, something that I had never tried to do before. It showed my community that I am a full member, despite being a girl, dedicated to Judaism and its dictates.

Keep Your Eyes Open and Dream (Vayera, Genesis (Genesis 18:1 -- 22:24)

Sara Hurwitz | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion
Sara Hurwitz

In 2009, after eight years of studying Talmud, Jewish law, and other classical sources, I was ordained as a clergy person. This caused some controversy in the Jewish community, and though it may seem naive to say, it is a reaction I did not fully expect.

Purim, Queen Esther And Women Praying At The Western Wall

Rabbi Susan Silverman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Susan Silverman

We end public readings of the Scroll of Esther with a blessing. "Blessed are you, God, who takes up our grievance, judges our claim and avenges the wrongs against us. You bring retribution on our enemies and vengeance on our foes." It's a tragedy when those we have in mind are other Jews.

A Woman's Dreams -- In The World Of Rabbis

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

For the first time, a woman -- me -- is taking the helm at the Academy for Jewish Religion, only the second woman ever to hold the presidency of a rabbinical school. What does it mean?

Bat Mitzvah Comes Of Age: Transforming Jewish Girls To Women For 90 Years

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D.

This year marks a double simcha for American Jews. It is the 40th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman rabbi and the 90th anniversary of the first girl to become a bat mitzvah during a worship service.

Where Are The Jewish Women?

Jane Eisner | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Jane Eisner

Clearly, the Jewish community is not having the discussion it needs and deserves. It can't, when half the population is silenced or silencing itself.

Survey: Shocking Gender Inequality In Jewish Salaries

Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion

This article first appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. By Jane Eisner and Maia Efrem The Forward The Forward’s third annual survey of 76 na...

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.

Garment Workers To Rabbis: The (Ongoing) Advancement Of Jewish Women

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

So much has changed in these hundred years for Jewish women. There is much to celebrate and much work yet to do.