“I hope this inspires people to fight for justice… Women’s leadership, from the time of the Torah on, is and continues to be critical in this work.”
Niddah is a private topic, and hard to talk about with non-religious friends.
When artist Riva Lehrer was a child, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” deeply resonated with her. Her association with the legend was understandable—Lehrer was born with spina bifida, a condition when the spine and spinal column do not fuse in utero. Lehrer was born in 1958, when 90% of children with spina bifida did not survive. It was also a time when the term “birth defect” was thoughtlessly bandied about.
I was the first woman ordained as a rabbi in Israel. Zoom shul surfing allowed me to see how many female rabbis have come after me.
How these strong Jewish women survive the Covid-19 pandemic
By her junior year of high school, Bella Saunders already knew that she wanted to take time off before college and apply her “skills, passions and Judaism” to a non-academic setting. But when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted her senior year at Atholton High School in Columbia, Md., the 17-year-old Saunders became even more certain of her decision to participate in Tivnu: Building Justice, a social justice-themed Jewish gap year program in Portland, Ore.
“A young woman experiences the fear her ancestors must have felt for the first time. Another wonders if she should even talk about Israel anymore.”
A veteran of the Israeli military and a personal trainer, she held the man and asked passers-by to call 911, but no one was willing to get involved.
Anne Neuberger, also known as Chani, is a Borough Park native who attended a Jewish day school for girls.
“Women, more than men, want their tallit to have a story.”