Jewish Journal

How an Ohio girl became one of the first female cantors

by Leslee Komaiko

3 days ago

Cantor Perryne Anker will be honored by AJR-CA in December. Photo by Lynn Pelkey

Perryne Anker did not set out to be one of the country’s first female cantors. It just sort of happened, the result of years of hard work, a passion for Jewish music, a knack for diplomacy... read full article

  • Torah portion: Lingering hopes

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    1 week ago

    Parashat Chayei Sarah comes to us again this year in a time of wistfulness and worry, arriving as hostilities in Jerusalem and Hebron heat up. One would be hard-pressed to guess from the gentle stories told in Chayei Sarah of the deaths and burials of Sarah, Abraham and Ishmael...

  • The shrinking Jewish Middle — and how to expand it

    by Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    As the Jewish Federations of North America holds its annual General Assembly this week, newly emerging evidence from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 “Portrait of American Jewry” points to enormous challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life, more...

  • Beth Din of America preparing to add female board member


    2 weeks ago

    One of the the preeminent rabbinic courts of North America is set to add a female board member.

    The Beth Din of America invited Dr. Michelle Friedman, the founder and chair of the Department of Pastoral Counseling at New York’s Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), to join its board....

  • Torah portion: Living with pardon

    by Rabbi Yehuda Hausman

    2 weeks ago

    A genocide here, a massacre there. Somewhere a theocrat falls, elsewhere a despot rises. Tent cities spring up like grass. Shantytowns and refugee camps sprout forth like fields of wheat.  

    Who by poison gas, who by machete, who by bullets and who by bombs? Who shall expire...

  • The Shabbos Project at Nessah

    by Tess Cutler

    3 weeks ago

    Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills drew more 1,000 people for a Shabbat of global proportions on Oct. 24 and 25, as it participated in The Shabbos Project, a worldwide movement initiated last year in South Africa.

    Locally, Friday night’s celebration was still going strong into the...

  • Kavod and the importance of feeling important

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    3 weeks ago

    Much has been said and written about Abraham’s 10 trials, which began with God asking him to leave his homeland and culminating with God asking him to place Isaac upon an altar on Mount Moriah. Much less discussed are Sarah’s trials — trials that, I’d argue, are even deeper and...

  • Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, pioneering online Talmud teacher, dies at 56


    October 24, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, the founder and director of the online Talmud learning website, MAQOM, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Houston. She was 56.

    Abrams, who made a career of Jewish teaching and learning, was a relative latecomer to Jewish study. Inspired by a semester...

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