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  • Haredim’s refusal to sit next to opposite sex delays Delta flight

    October 22, 2014 | 9:40 am

    A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex.

    The flight Monday night from New York’s Kennedy Airport arrived more than an hour late on Tuesday afternoon due to the incident,...

  • WATCH: Israel Social TV on the Kidnapping, Gender in Israel, “Airing Dirty Laundry”, and more

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 23, 2014 | 7:15 am

    In this edition of the English Language Social Order, we discuss:

    - The recent kidnapping of three yeshiva youths

    - Critique gender imbalance in the Israeli media

    - Attend Breaking the Silence's 10 year anniversary and ask, "What do you think about the criticism of "airing dirty laundry" in public?

    - March in the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

    - Investigate the new "Jewish Identity Administration" that is run by Naftali Bennett's Right Wing National Religious Jewish Home Party and responsible for strengthing the Jewish Identity of Israelis.

  • A split nation - united with hope for the boys to return home

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 20, 2014 | 8:33 am

    During the past week, a feeling of unity has spread amid our divided nation. The abduction of Naftali, Eyal and Gil-Ad last Thursday shared us all with a wish of heart for their return. In the past week, all splits in the Israeli society were sewn back together.


    During the past...

  • Turkish women strive for gender equality

    August 20, 2013 | 11:44 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Elif Kamisli sits with two friends on the patio of a streetside cafe in Istanbul. Even wearing a slim black dress, she is not hard to spot -- she's very pregnant, nine-months pregnant, in fact.

    Her shapely figure, Kamisli told...

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  • The queerness of love: A Jewish case for same-sex marriage

    January 24, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Last year, I officiated at the first same-sex wedding in the 145-year history of my synagogue.  For a Conservative congregation, this was quite a break with tradition.  Nevertheless,  I was proud to stand beneath the wedding canopy with this couple, who affirmed the sacredness of...

  • In Antwerp, a Charedi pariah forces school to go coed

    January 8, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    With a soft smile and two young boys in tow, a mild-mannered Moshe Aryeh Friedman appeared undeserving of his reputation as the scourge of the local Charedi Orthodox community as he walked his sons to school on Monday.

    Until, that is, he led them straight into Benoth Jerusalem, a...

  • Prenatal whole genome sequencing technology raises Jewish ethical questions

    November 21, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Expectant mothers long have faced the choice of finding out the gender of their child while still in the womb.

    But what if parents could get a list of all the genes and chromosomes of their unborn children, forecasting everything from possible autism and future genetic diseases...

  • The Famous Question: Can We or Can’t We Have It All?

    By Maya Paley

    August 7, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    I have received several emails and comments on this topic since I started this blog a few weeks ago. They all say the same thing: “Maya, I understand what you’re saying and I respect it, but I can’t call myself a feminist.” A few people sent me the infamous article in The...

  • 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...

  • USDA rescinds guidance on gender separation

    July 3, 2012 | 11:03 am

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture rescinded guidance it issued in May that called for an end to gender separation during the administration of federal child nutrition programs.

    The guidance was directed at school breakfast and lunch programs at schools and camps.

    Religious...

  • Facebook acquires Israeli Face.com

    June 18, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Facebook acquired an Israeli company that specializes in facial recognition software.

    The terms of the deal between Facebook and Face.com were not disclosed by either company, according to the New York Times, which reported the deal on Monday. 

    Face.com has been used by Facebook in the past two years for its “tag” feature in order to identify individuals across Facebook.

    The facial recognition technology used by Face.com is designed to identify individuals by their gender and age.

  • Doctors ordered to pull out of gender-separated conference

    January 10, 2012 | 11:19 am

    The Israel Medical Association has barred its member physicians from participating in an infertility conference geared for haredi Orthodox men and women that did not invite female speakers.

    The annual Innovations in Gynecology and Halacha conference of the Puah Institute for...

  • Opinion: A spit of death

    January 5, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    I am sickened to hear the recent reports from Israel concerning eight-year-old Naama Margolese who is afraid to go to school because “orthodox” extremists spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.” In addition to violating the biblical commandment of Ahavas...

  • Netanyahu, Peres deplore gender segregation

    December 12, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Israel’s prime minister and president came out against efforts by some haredi Orthodox Jews to segregate women in public.

    Civil liberties groups have complained about gender segregation in buses and public places frequented by haredim, and the shunning by some religious soldiers of...

  • Opinion: Israelis dissatisfied with religious rigidity, gender bias

    December 7, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton caused a storm with her remarks about Israel in a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2. Untypically, Secretary Clinton not only addressed international involvement with Israel, but also chose to express her deep and...

  • Growing gender segregation among Israeli haredim seen as repressing women

    November 14, 2011 | 10:19 am

    On the No. 3 bus line in Jerusalem, women passengers pay their fare and walk directly to the back to find a seat.

    Men, most of them haredi Orthodox with long sidecurls that brush the shoulders of their black wool suits, sit in the front section. Behind them, following a space of...

  • Gender segregation still OK on Israeli buses, with caveats

    January 6, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Gender segregation on Israeli public buses may continue as long as passengers agree, the country’s Supreme Court ruled.

    The practice will still be allowed on dozens of bus lines serving the haredi Orthodox community, known as Mehadrin lines, as long as passengers are not coerced and...

  • Philanthropy from Venus differs from philanthropy from Mars

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 19, 2008 | 1:18 am

    Women give charity differently than men.

    They are a little more generous across the board and a little less egocentric in their giving. More often they believe that charity is a moral obligation. And they tend to be more inclined toward education, religion and health-related causes....

  • Israeli study: As negotiators, man smart, woman smarter

    August 13, 2008 | 3:55 am

    Forget the men when it comes to business negotiations. Women may be more skilled than their masculine counterparts, according to a new study by an Israeli researcher.

    The doctoral study, by Yael Itzhaki of Tel Aviv University (TAU), indicated that in certain groupings, women offered...

  • Stumbling through my bat mitzvah

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    My bat mitzvah was an unmitigated disaster.

    I'd hoped the guests would be as taken as I was with my dress, first high heels and the orange and yellow petit fours at the Kiddush.

    But instead, they were left with an altogether different image when I fell while parading the Torah scroll...

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah party for Adat Ari El's junior United Synagogue Youth group had all the elements the seventh- and eighth-grade members had requested: latkes, a gift exchange and a fierce board game competition. Yet, said, Julee Snitzer, the synagogue's youth activities director, of the...

  • The Court of Cupid

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems a bit disingenuous for women to get all bent out of shape over Harvard President Larry Summers' recent suggestion that innate gender differences may account for variances in math and science skills. After all, most women maintain that innate gender differences exist when...

  • Hear This,  Papa

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In "Yentl's Revenge," an anthology of Jewish feminist writings, the editor, Danya Ruttenberg, puts forward a call for a transgendered approach to Judaism. "Why not allow for a more open understanding of gender in which we all might fit on the continuum from female to female masculine...

  • A statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior

    By Michael Melchior

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The following is excerpted from a statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior, read Monday at the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, by Ambassador Mordecai Yedid, the head of the Israeli delegation.

    Madame Chairperson,

    Why, when the world was...

  • 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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