Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Life

Digest: Rewriting the Book of Ruth; Shavuotinis; Women of Valor

Sisterhood Digest:

• New Israeli census numbers are out, showing that Jewish Israeli women bear fewer children, on average (2.1) than their Muslim (3) Christian (2.2.) and Druze (2.7) counterparts.

  • The Gloss sits down with Tamar Reich, an observant Jew and former Krav Maga instructor who recently opened New York City’s first all-female performing arts space.  

• Tamar Caspi writes an open letter “to moms & dads of marriageable-age kids,” arguing, in the Jersualem Post,  that it’s counterproductive for parents to insist that their children date only Jews.

• Tablet remembers Inna Grade, “the widow of the Yiddish writer Chaim Grade and a feared enemy of many within in the Yiddish literary world.”

• To celebrate Shavuot, former Bintel Briefer Hanna Rosin, of DoubleX, and her husband, David Plotz, “rewrite the Book of Ruth, literally,” or so Plotz said on a recent episode of the Slate Political Gabfest — my favorite podcast, aside from our own. While they’re giving their biblical-themed spiel, May 18, at the Historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington, D.C., Apron Anxiety’s Alyssa Shelasky will be cooking up dairy-infused snacks and pouring “Shavoutinis.

• And mark your calendars for the first birthday of Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood on June 9, also at Sixth & I. The group, which sponsors programming, targeted at Jewish women in their 20s and 30s, is celebrating its birthday with a discussion about Jewish women and humor, hosted by Michelle Cove, the editor of 614 magazine, whose most recent issue is devoted to Jewish women in comedy.

Kol HaKavod:

From left, Women of Valor honorees Kolin, Appleman and Springer. Image by Courtesy of JFFJ

To Jeannie Appleman, and rabbis Stephanie Kolin and Mychal Springer, who were honored at the Jewish Funds for Justice’s recent Women of Valor event. Their efforts have been a driving force behind the cross-demonimational Rabbinic and Cantorial Fellowship for Leadership in Public Life. Since it was launched five years ago, the fellowship has been teaching rabbinic and cantorial students at five seminaries how to use congregation-based community organizing to bring about social change. Program alumni have joined with other faith communities to promote affordable housing options and to to curb irresponsible lending practices, Kolin told the Forward.

• To Jen Taylor Friedman, a pioneering female Torah scribe, for being named one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. In this interview, Friedman discusses her first commission, and the challenges she has faced from those who believe that a Torah written by a woman is unfit for ritual use.

• And to Joanna Smith Rakoff for winning the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers. Her debut novel, “A Fortunate Age” (Scribner), was published last year.

Engage

  • Events

    Vegas, It Isn’t: How Israeli Elections Sent Shockwaves through the Israel-Diaspora Relationship

    OFJCC Campus in Palo Alto, CA

    Dec 11, 2022

    5 pm ET · 

    Do the recent Israeli elections have an impact on the relationship between Israel and Diaspora Jewry? Bear witness as rock stars of Israeli policy come together for a frank conversation about the Israeli elections as seen from the vantage points of statecraft, diplomacy, academia and politics.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.