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  • Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

    May 31, 2016 | 2:07 pm

    Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though few seemed to notice: The language on their ordination certificates was markedly different than that of...

  • New Machzor offers progressive take on gender equality, LGBT acceptance

    September 9, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    From the Reader’s Kaddish to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a new set of High Holy Days prayer books for the Reform movement is filled with an eclectic mix of texts. 

    “The purpose of the book is to be open to everybody. So if someone doesn’t connect to a prayer, there are many...

  • Barbra Streisand slams Orthodox Jews’ actions against Israeli women

    June 17, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    U.S. entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday took a swipe at Orthodox Jews in Israel who compel women to sit in the back of buses and assault them for following religious rituals traditionally reserved for men.

    "It's distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in...

  • Gender equity lags in Jewish organizations

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's been 45 years since the U.S. Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to pay men more than women for the same job.

    It's been 44 years since Title VI of the Civil Right Act barred employment discrimination on the basis of race or sex and the Equal Employment...

  • Modern Orthodoxy expands public roles for women

    By Ben Harris

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Dina Najman was hired last year to lead Kehillat Orach Eliezer, a traditional Orthodox-style congregation, it was hailed as a major, if controversial, step forward for the status of women in Orthodoxy.

    Barely a year later Kehillat Orach Eliezer -- an unaffiliated congregation...

  • Odd couple works to aid Israel’s Bedouins

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When the two women travel overseas together, one passes routinely through airport security checks; the other is invariably pulled aside for lengthy questioning.

    At home, one is rarely asked for her ID; the other is stopped frequently.

    The one who passes easily is an immigrant and...

  • Study of Federations Finds Job Sexism

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While a new report says that sexism pervades the North American Jewish federation system, in Los Angeles, the facts paint a much more positive picture of gender equality.

    An old-boys' network and an attitude that rejects women's leadership skills have kept women from reaching the...