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  • Female Israeli soldier called to Torah at military synagogue

    October 4, 2013 | 10:44 am

    An Orthodox female Israeli soldier was called up to the Torah during holiday services on a military base in what was being called a first.

    At Simchat Torah services last week at a base in Haifa, the soldier received an aliyah from the gabbai, a civilian employee of the military,...

  • Purim’s other woman: Vashti, the queen who kept her clothes on

    February 20, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    When it comes to the story of Purim, Queen Esther has received lots of attention. All the little girls want to play her in the Purim spiel. She’s brave, beautiful, loving and heroic: the quintessential female biblical role model.

    But what about the other brave, role model Queen...

  • L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    By Tera Greene

    February 6, 2013 | 8:26 pm

    I'll be DJing this event alongside a wealth of female talent... Please support!

    Keep dancing,

    Tera "Nova Jade* Greene

    Follow me on twitter @djnovajade | Like me on Facebook by clicking here.


    L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    [Where] ::The Joint, 8771 West Pico...

  • German Jewish activist voted sexiest female politician

    January 17, 2013 | 11:14 am

    A 25-year-old Jewish woman has been voted Germany's sexiest female politician.

    Marina Weisband, 25, a leading member of the "Pirate Party Germany," took first place in a Playboy online poll with 29 percent of the votes. According to the Bild Zeitung newspaper, 1,000 people took...

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  • Women head three major parties in Israel’s elections

    January 14, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    For the first time in Israel’s history, three of the major parties are headed by women. The Labor party headed by Shelly Yacimovich is expected to become Israel’s second-largest party, Hatnuah headed by former Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni is set to win seven seats, and the dovish...

  • Women in sports: Not an Olympic-size victory

    By Maya Paley

    July 31, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    With the Olympics upon us and the message above going viral on Facebook, I figured it was high time I addressed the topic of women in sports. The Guardian posted an article a couple of weeks ago about how Saudi Arabia had finally agreed to allow women to compete at the Olympic games...

  • Jewish lawmakers introduce act to curb international violence against women

    June 7, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    Three Jewish Congress members introduced legislation that seeks to curb international violence against women.

    U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) are the lead sponsors of the International Violence Against Women Act of 2012 that was...

  • Is HBO’s ‘Girls’ about young women’s struggles, or some women’s privileges?

    April 19, 2012 | 5:25 pm

    “Girls” begins with the conversation that many parents of 20-somethings dream of having someday real soon with their floundering children: No. More. Money.

    This is what the parents of 24-year-old Hannah Horvath, played by series creator, director and writer Lena Dunham, tell her...

  • Heroines with no heart

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Do biblical babes still make the best heroines?

    Take Queen Esther, for example — a noted beauty, savvy survivalist and the savior of her people.

    She underwent a year of compulsory primping before ascending the throne; surely such resolve is worthy of admiration. Or what about...

  • Israeli military chief apologizes for gaffe

    December 7, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The chief of Israel’s armed forces apologized for joking about boycotts by some religious soldiers of female entertainment troupes.

    During an inspection of Golan forces Tuesday, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was asked by Defense Minister Ehud Barak about the duties of several female...

  • Elevate more female rabbis into leadership roles

    May 5, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    On a recent trip to Berlin with a dozen other Conservative rabbis, we made certain to stop at the apartment building that Regina Jonas once called home. I had never heard of Jonas, but to the four female rabbis in our group she was a hero.

    In 1935, she became the first woman in the...

  • Women journalists to speak to changing Middle East

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    The protests sweeping the Middle East are driven by a second revolution — the empowerment of Arab women.

    “The visibility of women as change mobilizers, political leaders and activists, followers and supporters, has never been as high as today,” Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor-in-chief...

  • First black female rabbi to leave congregation

    January 6, 2011 | 10:36 am

    The first African-American female rabbi will leave her congregation this summer.

    Rabbi Alysa Stanton’s contract with Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, S.C., was not renewed, the Forward reported Thursday.

    “We felt Rabbi Stanton has brought a lot of gifts to the congregation,...

  • Erin Stern: The nice Jewish girl who got really buff [SLIDESHOW]

    December 15, 2010 | 12:21 am

    If you imagined the typical Jewish physique, bodybuilder is probably not what would come to mind. In pop culture, Jews are skinny and bespectacled like Woody Allen, or chubby and unshaven like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. Sometimes the rare tough and rugged Israeli shows up, fighting...

  • They also serve:  Rabbis’ spouses prove as diverse as roles they fill

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Just before the High Holy Days last year, I was sitting in synagogue when I was struck by the star power of its rabbi. When he spoke, everyone listened, transfixed, as if the words he offered were revelations -- inspiring, challenging and healing all at the same time.

    At the end of...

  • Student on track to become first black female rabbi

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Alysa Stanton-Ogulnick isn't particularly interested in being a standard-bearer.

    She's proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raised her adopted child on her own.

    And when she says that next year, following her ordination as a Reform...

  • Friend of the Devils

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Nicole Berger's empathy for demons began early in life."I'm always fascinated by the falling of a soul or the sensitive tender side of an evil character," she said. "When I saw 'The Exorcist,' I thought, 'Why is this demon so screwed up?'"

    That kind of empathy helps to explain the...

  • Grandma’s Secret

    By Andrew Wallenstein

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There is no person on this planet more concerned with my single status than my grandmother. No phone conversion with her is complete without several highly unsubtle prods about finding a suitable Jewish female companion.

    Try as I might to steer our discussions as far away...

  • Aunt Coca’s Ghost

    By Annabelle Stevens

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you have an Aunt Coca? My auntie, to whom I am not genetically connected, was a lady we kindly invited to family gatherings because she was alone. It was silently understood that she was an "old maid," one of those unfortunate women who did not marry and have children.

    My...

  • Funny Girl

    By Lesley Wolff

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is it harder for nice Jewish girls in the world of stand-up comedy? Yes.

    Is it impossible? Nothing's impossible, shayna maydele, if you put your mind to it.

    I'm sitting here wearing my new necklace. Bought it for myself, cause I deserve it! It's a thin gold chain with a charm...

  • A Trivial Pursuit

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    You don't plan to become a trivia writer, it just happens. The next thing you know, you're a one-woman trivia carnival, packing up your trunk of battered almanacs and dictionaries and moving on to the next show.

    "Goodbye, guys," you say, because you're often the only female on the...

  • Couscous for the Soul

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Pauline Bebe, France's first and only female rabbi, was in town last week, soaking up not only the winter California warmth but our spiritual rays, too. Dark-haired and soft-spoken, Bebe, 36, is a leader in a growing Jewish liberal revival that is now spreading rapidly through...

  • Beyond the Glass Ceiling

    By Julie Wiener

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When word got out last week that Janet Engelhart had been named executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island - making her the only woman professional at the helm of one of the 40 largest federations - she received a flood of phone calls.

    Most were colleagues and...

  • Raising Boys

    By Jane Ulman

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This past year, Toys R Us was excoriated for proposing and, in some instances, constructing separate "Boys World" and "Girls World" sections. But public outrage quickly forced the 707-store retailer to abandon this gender-based marketing concept, which it euphemistically referred to...

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