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  • The 2015 Emmys: Gender-bending, groundbreaking

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    “I guess the new rule in Hollywood is not to wear makeup, or get your hair dyed,” a friend quipped during the 2015 Emmys telecast on Sunday night.

    She was referring to actress Frances McDormand, who shepherded HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” all the way from idea to golden idol – six of...

  • The Reform movement’s new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

    August 21, 2015 | 9:28 am

    When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly incorporated into the prayers, and scattered...

  • Palestinian women stymied by suppressed employment opportunity

    July 27, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Despite having higher levels of education than their male counterparts, Palestinian women suffer from one of the lowest rates of female participation in the workforce in the world, according to a report by the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka.

    Less than one in five women...

  • Frozen in time: Why women don’t have to race the clock

    By Tess Cutler

    July 23, 2015 | 4:09 pm

    I’d heard of Tupperware parties and Botox parties — but I’d never heard of egg-freezing socials until I had the chance to attend one recently at Beverly Hills hotspot Via Alloro.

    Hosted by the Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC), a Los Angeles-based fertility center,...

  • Religious redemption of the LGBT Community

    June 30, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    When I was in Rabbinical School in New York the early 2000s, I came across a group of women who identified as both Orthodox and Lesbian. They welcomed me into their fold.

    Over the years, as I got to know members of this group, I realized the religious pain and shame that each had...

  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    June 16, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • Reeva Steenkamp, Monica Lewinsky, Renee Zellweger

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2014 | 8:16 am

    Reeva Steenkamp

    There are three women in the news this week that I want to comment on. I am fascinated by this group of people and find myself with strong opinions and feelings about all of them. They are all in the news for the wrong reasons and I find myself feeling compassion...

  • Orthodox educator Rabbi Elimelech Meisels sued for sexual assault

    August 8, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who runs four religious seminaries in Israel for young Orthodox women, is being sued for sexual assault and fraud.

    The civil suit was filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of four parents with daughters...

  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    June 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.


  • Mark of Shame: Pornographic Representations of Women in Israeli Advertisements

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 25, 2014 | 5:45 am

    For the last six years, the Women's International Zionist Organization has run a campaign named "Mark of Shame" that calls out TV and print advertisements that are sexist or derogatory towards women. The WIZO brings together a jury of Knesset members, professionals, feminists,...

  • We can stop violence against women and girls today

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 19, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Last weekend, as I listened to the reading of the Purim Megillah, I was struck by its theme of reversals: The pompous king who decrees that men should have authority in their homes ends up taking orders from his wife; the villain Haman is hanged on the very gallows he erected for...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.


  • A day to learn about women’s wellness

    February 5, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Quick. And no using your smart phone. What is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States? If you answered breast cancer, you’re close. Indeed, breast cancer takes far too many lives each year. But it is No. 2. No. 1 is heart disease.

    Ready for another one? Chia seeds: Just...

  • Israeli gov’t to fund abortions for women ages 20-33

    December 30, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Israeli women between the ages of 20 and 33 will be eligible to receive government-funded abortions in 2014.

    The new eligibility is part of the country’s state-subsidized basket of health services for 2014, approved on Monday. Currently, the government only pays for abortions for...

  • Letters to the editor: Judaism in Germany, cultural synergy, women in universities and puzzles

    December 11, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Judaism in Germany

    I am a committed supporter of Conservative Judaism and have been a member of Conservative Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years (“Conservative Judaism Reborn — In Germany,” Nov. 29). I agree with Rabbi Brad Artson that the movement is not dying. Unfortunately,...

  • Educated women and children

    By Dennis Prager

    December 4, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    On the Jewish Web site The Tablet, Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing editor to The Nation, recently wrote: “In the United States, women tend to have fewer children the more education they have — those with advanced degrees have only 1.67 children each. Jewish women are...

  • Egypt ranks last in Arab world’s women’s rights

    November 12, 2013 | 10:54 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Just about every woman in Egypt has experienced some form of sexual harassment. The country also has high rates of violence and genital mutilation, according to a new study on women in the Arab world by the Thomson-Reuters...

  • Karnit Flug, first female Bank of Israel chief, eyeing economic inequality

    November 6, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Andromeda Hill is a beachfront complex of luxury apartments connected by tree-lined pathways that features such amenities as a spa and business center. Five minutes down the road is Ajami, a low-income neighborhood profiled in the 2009 film of the same name that remains one of this...

  • Calendar: November 2-8

    By Laura Donney

    October 30, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    SAT | NOV 2


    In honor of Rosh Chodesh, a holiday dedicated to women, tonight’s performance is dedicated to the women who make us laugh. Hilarious, poignant and risqué, these comedians make up the SheBREWS — eight fabulous female comics who dominate the...

  • Ex-mayor Filner pleads guilty in sexual harassment case

    October 15, 2013 | 11:24 am

    Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner plead guilty in a sexual harassment case brought against him by three women.

    Filner was charged on Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court with a felony count of “false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit,” and two misdemeanor...

  • Which of these things is not like the other?

    September 3, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    American Apparel, the clothing company best known for ads featuring scantily clad young women, may be taking things in a new direction.

    Yoel Weisshaus, a 32-year-old student at New Jersey’s Bergen Community College who was raised in Brooklyn as a Satmar Chasid, was featured this...

  • Crack, an Empty Nest, a New Girlfriend & Taco Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 1, 2013 | 7:55 am

    This week, while running an errand in Hollywood, I came upon a young man on the street. He looked a little bit like Jesus as he had a beard and was wearing a long white tunic of some kind.  As I approached him, he asked me if I had any spare crack.  I stopped for a second because I...

  • Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

    By Melissa Weller

    August 28, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum up in one general statement the first time he remembered filing Skyler White under the bitch column, and why. Coworker settled on Skyler’s...

  • 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...

  • Dating 101: Can Women ask Men Out?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2013 | 8:38 am

    I wrote a man on Match.com this week.  His profile was beautifully written, lacked the typical stench of online dating crap, and he was just the right amount of sarcastic and funny. He is handsome, smart, Jewish, and entertaining.  He wrote back and we ended up speaking on the...

  • Women of the Wall, shielded by police, raises Torah scroll and blows shofar

    August 7, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Women of the Wall blew a shofar at the back of the Western Wall Plaza and raised a Torah scroll at the plaza’s gate under a heavy police barricade.

    The police shielded the the estimated 300 women and their male supporters on Wednesday morning at the back of the plaza, facing the...

  • At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups

    July 25, 2013 | 11:52 am

    On the morning of July 8, at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, the Western Wall plaza was a cacophonous mess.

    Women of the Wall, the activist group that holds women’s prayer services each month at the site known as the Kotel, loudly sang festive prayers at a spot far from...

  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Battle of the heart

    July 17, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

  • Do men and women matter?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 17, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Most Americans do not realize that, as large as the issue of same-sex marriage is (and it is very large), there is an even larger issue at stake in the same-sex marriage debate.

    That issue is whether gender matters: Do male and female, man and woman, matter?

    In the brief span...

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