Allison Kaplan Sommer


Turning Shabbat Into Front in War on Secular Jews

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Turning Shabbat Into Front in War on Secular Jews
A $1.3M Israeli ad campaign says only the Orthodox know how to do Shabbat the right way. What message does that send to secular Jews?Read More


Is a Pink Sparkly Barbie Wrong for Hanukkah?

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Bratz dolls. Courtesy: MGA Entertainment Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Women Threatened for Demanding Israel Political Voice

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Ultra-Orthodox Women Threatened for Demanding Israel Political Voice
The backlash against ultra-Orthodox women who are daring to demand a public voice in government didn’t come as a big surprise, but it did come swiftly and harshly.Read More


Keeping Orthodox Girls Dancing in Dark

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Keeping Orthodox Girls Dancing in Dark
(Haaretz) — It’s like homecoming weekend for Orthodox Jewish kids in Israel, minus the football game. The young members of the religious youth movement/scouting movement Bnei Akiva spend a full month preparing for what can only be described combination of a pep rally and a color war, culminating in a big ceremonial performance. It is called “Shabbat Irgun” – literally translated, that means “Organized Shabbat.”Read More


Threats and backlash for ultra-Orthodox women seeking political voice

By Allison Kaplan Sommer

Racheli Ibenboim, of the Gur Hasidic sect, who was nominated for Jerusalem city council but dropped out after facing threats and intimidation Read More



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