The Growing Gender Gap an editorial from The Forward One year ago, the Forward surveyed the 75 largest Jewish communal organizations and discovered that only 11 of them - 14.3% - were led by women. And three of the 11 women in the very top spots were in interim positions. The dismal ratio surprised even veteran observers of American Jewish life, especially since three-quarters of those who work in these organizations are women, and the … [Read more...] about The Jewish Communities Gender Deficit
by David Breakstone At the age of 81, it’s not easy to orient yourself to new situations, to discover that the young have drifted far from the values you cherish, and that they are oblivious to the difficulties you’ve encountered over the years and have somehow managed to overcome. Against this background, it’s particularly hard to muster the strength necessary to continue struggling for the things that remain important to you, and to do so … [Read more...] about What is the Jewish Agency? Here’s a Lexicon from A to Z.
by Yehudah Mirsky The challenge of managing and deepening relationships between Israel and world Jewry has been with us for decades. Today far-reaching changes are being rung on these familiar questions. For Diaspora Jews, Israel is one possible element of their Jewishness; for Israeli Jews, Jewishness is one possible element of their Israeliness. What has changed? We live in an historical moment which complicates perhaps as never before … [Read more...] about Meaning and Belonging in Israel and the Diaspora Today
by Shmuel Rosner The difficulty of defining who is a Jew and, accordingly, the increasingly difficult task of agreeing upon the nature of the “gateway” to the Jewish people (conversion), has accompanied the Jewish people throughout history. From time to time a crisis erupts when a change in policy is made regarding the question of conversion. Such a crisis recently arose in response to the attempt of Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem, with the … [Read more...] about A Fundamental Solution to the ‘Conversion Crisis’ or a Practical One?
And on the Seventh Day.... an editorial from The Forward In 2007, a study by the JCC Association revealed that two-thirds of the Jewish Community Centers in America were open at some time on the Sabbath. Since then, faced with pressure from members who would rather sweat on the elliptical trainers than sway with Shabbat prayers, the number of JCCs with Saturday hours has increased. One of Baltimore’s two branches decided to open in the … [Read more...] about To Open, or Close, on Shabbat