Rabbi Diana Fersko is an associate rabbi at New York’s Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, where she oversees the Center for Community Learning and the “Pathways to Judaism” conversion program.
By Diana Fersko
Stop Stripping Female Jewish Converts Like Ivanka Of Their Agency
In a New York Times article this weekend, Amy Chozick and Hannah Seligson wondered, “Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?” There’s plenty there to dissect, but what caught my eye was how they described Ivanka Trump, “who converted to Judaism to marry Mr. Kushner.” This is typical of how the media describes women…
How I’m Turning Tu B’Shvat Into A Subversive Political Act
I used to think of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish “new year” for trees, as somewhere between a children’s holiday and a faux holiday. Give a child some dirt in a plastic cup, plant a seed, and move on. Call the Jewish National Fund, plant a tree in Israel in someone’s honor, and don’t think about…
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