Posts Tagged: Women

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh in Your Congregation



by Annice Benamy Also in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in your new moons, you shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings; and they will be a memorial for you before your God.  I am the Lord your God.” —Numbers 6:6 What is Rosh Chodesh? Rosh Chodesh […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “The War Against Intermarriage Has Been Lost: Now What?” JTA With the rate of intermarriage within the Jewish community […]

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Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson on Women of the Wall



Still not clear on the details of the ongoing dispute regarding women’s prayer at the Western Wall in Israel? Been following along so closely that you want to know even more about it? Last week, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, was interviewed by Timothy Michael Law, founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The […]

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Israel: Reaffirming Hope



by Rabbi Ariana Silverman This past January I had the privilege of serving as the co-chair, along with Arnie Gluck, of the CCAR’s trip to Israel.  One of the foci of the trip was social justice in Israel, and as the trip approached, I grew increasingly concerned that I was about to spend a week hearing […]

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Rosh Chodesh Nisan: A Triptych Reflection



by Annette Powers, Dana Stein and Jane Herman Annette:  Despite the drenching rain in New York City, it was standing room only at Town and Village Synagogue this morning, where hundreds gathered to daven Rosh Chodesh Nisan in solidarity with Women of the Wall’s mission for the rights of all people to pray freely at […]

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The Influence of Women on My Congregation



Growing up in the 21st century, it is hard for me to believe that the first woman rabbi was ordained only 40 short years ago. Three out of four rabbis at my temple are women, one of whom was ordained within the first year that women were allowed to do so.

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A Man’s World Ain’t Nothin’ Without a Woman or a Girl



This essay is the winner of Women of Reform Judaism’s Centennial Essay Competition. Women of Reform Judaism established this essay contest in honor of their Centennial celebration. Teens were asked to write about the influence of women’s leadership in Reform congregations.

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VAWA and the Super Bowl



Like many in the “broader Maryland” area, I watched and celebrated the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory this past weekend. I ate my requisite snacks, groaned at some commercials, and kvelled at Beyonce’s “throw-back” performance. For many, though, the Super Bowl is not the happy family occasion we might imagine – and I’m not just talking […]

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This Is How I Pray



In response to Anat Hoffman’s arrest earlier this week for “disturbing the peace” at the Western Wall, Rabbi Josh Strom of Temple Shaarey Tefila in New York City created a video called “This Is How I Pray.” In it, he encourages Reform Jews and other supporters of religious pluralism in Israel to create their own […]

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The Back of the Bus



by Rabbi Marci Bellows Story A: After a long day of work, the woman paid her fare and sat in an empty seat on the bus. As the bus traveled along its route, more and more seats filled up. The bus driver approached the woman and demanded that she move towards the back of the […]

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Be Fruitful & Recognize



by Rachel Kasten Despite being a Jewish educator, I have never felt a strong, personal connection to our sacred texts. I read the Tanakh as one reads literature, though this particular series of books had way too many underdeveloped characters and a very loosely held-together plot. It certainly didn’t invoke the kind of emotions that, […]

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Freedom Riders in Israel: “We Did This For Her”



by Nechama Namal I’ve never been much of a rebel. Instead, when I feel strongly about something, I do my best to act wisely, sensibly, and sensitively to show my support. I have found that in Israel, opportunities arise frequently for me to advocate for Reform Judaism, social justice, plurality, equality, and respect for all. […]

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Looking Back on a Month of Strong Women



As May comes to a close, we’re looking back on all the powerful, personal blog posts on RJ.org this month celebrating the role of women in Reform Judaism. In just a few days, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Sally Priesand’s ordination as the first female rabbi. We’ve come a long way since then! […]

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40 Years of Women on the Bimah

Forty Years of Women



by Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Sally Priesand’s ordination this coming June 3rd, I add my voice to the chorus in wishing her my heartfelt Mazal Tov. Sally was gracious enough to come to Union Temple of Brooklyn this past March to deliver the keynote address at my […]

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