The Rabbinical Council of America is prohibiting Orthodox women clergy to ensure “sacred continuity.” Rabba Melanie Landau explains why they are wrong.
The past two weeks have seen eight Orthodox women in both Israel and America ordained as clergy. The titles may vary – from Maharat to Rabba to Rabbi – but effectively all are now to be considered rabbis.
The road to conversion can be long and difficult. But newly minted Jews find the challenges hardly end when they step out of the mikveh.
The Rabbinical Council of America has formed a committee to review its conversion process in the wake of the arrest on voyeurism charges of one of its leading conversion rabbis.
In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis needn’t be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.
Want to prevent the next Rabbi Barry Freundel voyeurism scandal? Beth Kissileff says the solution is simple: Put women in charge of the mikveh system.
Congregation B’nai David-Judea, an Orthodox synagogue in Los Angeles, is planning to hire its first female clergy member by September, 2015.
It may have been the second time around, but Yeshivat Maharat’s graduation ceremony for Orthodox women still felt surprising — and inspiring — to Jerome Chanes.
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) strives to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakha – the Jewish law. Six participants of this year’s JOFA conference speak about the challenging balance between striving for change and preserving traditional Jewish gender roles.
Despite continued opposition from his right flank, in 2013 Avi Weiss witnessed the coming of age of two of the groundbreaking Orthodox institutions he created. This summer, Weiss presided over the first graduation ceremony of female clerics at Yeshivat Maharat, and smoothly passed the reins of his flagship rabbinic school, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, to a successor.