American Jewish communal institutions have empowered a specific form of knowledge about Jewish life that hinges upon counting marriage and offspring.
According to Jane Eisner’s recent editorial, “For 2013, A Marriage Agenda,” I am a failure. So are the hordes of other young, unattached Jews who have committed significant time, effort and resources to enriching the communal life of the Jewish people. Our fatal sin: being single and childless. And yet without us, the Jewish world would be a bleaker, more boring, place.
A trio of extraordinary Jewish women died this week. Few know their names, not because they are unimportant, but because our narrative doesn’t make room for them.