By Barbara Dobkin As Jewish women continue to share personal accounts of sexual harassment by sociologist Steven M. Cohen and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt, I am struck by how some leaders in the Jewish community resist examining the links between the personal behavior of Cohen and Steinhardt and their shared investment in Jewish continuity, defined by marriage and child-bearing. How can we, as a Jewish community, fail to interrogate the … [Read more...] about Why the “Jewish Continuity” Conversation Must Change in The Era of #MeToo
By Abby Pitkowsky “Don’t do it!” “You’re crazy - it’s professional madness!” “Have you lost your mind?” These were the comments a friend of mine, a congregational rabbi, received from his colleagues when he shared his planned topic for his Kol Nidre sermon. It’s not hard to guess that this rabbi’s selected topic of focus was Israel. Whether you consider these reactions sad, logical or exaggerated, one fact is clear; speaking and teaching about … [Read more...] about Moving beyond ‘Flags and Falafel’
By Rabbi Ellen Flax One of the many, many painful things that emerged from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings is that we desperately need more women in positions of power. Is there any question that the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh would have been handled differently had there been more women in the Senate? If there were any Republican women on the Senate judiciary committee? Would things have been different if there were more women who had … [Read more...] about Put Up or Shut Up: It is Time to Put more Women in Positions of Power
By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz One of the great tragedies of the modern world is the startling lack of innovation in the field of adopting and fostering children. Every passing year sees the introduction of more bureaucratic stringencies, international pettiness, and surges in cost that makes the process exhausting and exasperating. The world over, there are hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of children whose only wish is to be loved, … [Read more...] about Putting Foster Children on the Jewish Communal Agenda
By Rebecca Youngerman
[A posted comment to "What about the Lay Leader Pipeline? Another Call to Action"
Thank you for this insightful piece and for inviting conversation and collaboration on such an important topic. You ask pressing questions, the discussion around which will shape the effectiveness and direction of our community’s most valued organizations and their leadership.
Through my personal lens as a past Jewish communal … [Read more...] about The Layleader Pipeline:
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