Rona Shapiro


The ‘Boy Crisis’ That Cried Wolf

By Rona Shapiro

Ever galvanized by a good emergency, the American Jewish community has been mobilizing in response to a recent spate of articles depicting a looming “boy crisis.” The Union for Reform Judaism inaugurated a “Young Men’s Project” to “address the dearth of boys and young men in our congregations,” and plans to hold a pre-biennial symposium next December on the topic of gender. Moving Traditions, sponsor of the program “Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing,” has also begun a major initiative on boys, engaging prominent boys’ development researcher and author William Pollack to head up the project.Read More


What Feminism Can Teach Jewish Organizations

By Rona Shapiro

In a world in which Lawrence Summers can impugn the genetic capacity of women to excel in math and science and otherwise reasonable people suggest that he might be right, it should come as no surprise that women working in Jewish communal agencies continue to run up against a glass ceiling. But what may come as a surprise is that despite theRead More






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