Jo Ellen Green Kaiser


‘The Roundtable’ Is Offered A Seat

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

‘The Roundtable’ Is Offered A Seat
You have to get used to acronyms quickly in the world of Jewish social justice (and it helps if you like the letter “j”.) There’s the venerable JCUA in Chicago, PJA on the West Coast, the surprisingly well-organized JCA in Minnesota and a very active JCRC in Boston. National organizations include JCPA, JOI, JFSJ and AJWS. And that’s just the start of a much longer list.Read More


Jewish LGBT Leaders Meet, But Can’t Yet Find a Vision Shared by All

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

A social justice activist from Oakland, Calif. A party planner from New York. The leader of a small havurah in Detroit. These were some of the 93 people who were invited to Berkeley, Calif., to help build a more cohesive movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews.Read More


Rabbi and Editor Michael Lerner's Home Found Vandalized

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Rabbi and Editor Michael Lerner's Home Found Vandalized
The home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the left-wing Jewish magazine Tikkun, was vandalized sometime during the night of Sunday, May 2.Read More


Wandering Jews, This Time With a Purpose

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Wandering Jews, This Time With a Purpose
Passover in the desert. Shavuot on the mountaintop. Sukkot on the farm. The three primary festivals of the Jewish calendar weave their rituals and stories around very particular settings. How would our understanding of Judaism change if we made these spaces, as well as these times, holy? This is the question that Wilderness Torah, a new California-based Jewish organization devoted to both spiritual and ecological rebirth, seeks to answer.Read More


Renewal Raises Its Sights While Resisting Any Label

By Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Renewal Raises Its Sights While Resisting Any Label
The denominations that make up mainstream American Judaism — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist — all seem to be struggling with organizational issues while clinging fiercely to their separate identities. But not Jewish Renewal, a small movement based on the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Renewal is facing the exact opposite problem: It is struggling to mature as a movement without becoming a denomination.Read More






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