Rabbi-led spiritual communities — unaffiliated with a movement and untethered to a building — are an area where female rabbis have taken the lead.
John Kerry told Rabbi Sharon Brous that at some point all sides in the Middle East conflict have to “bet on peace.” She agrees — and so do a majority of American Jews.
The rabbis at President Obama’s inaugural prayer service all made changes from the readings they were planning to deliver. They said the goal was to be a little ‘Jew-ier.’
IKAR, the famously anti-institutional spiritual community in L.A., is making plans for its own building, while trying to hold onto its roots.
Newsweek magazine, this year in conjunction with its sister publication The Daily Beast, has just published its annual list of America’s 50 “most influential” rabbis. It’s Newsweek’s fifth such list but the first time that a woman — writer Abigail Pogrebin — has been directly involved in the selection, which no doubt explains why the number of women on the list has more than doubled. This year, 13 women made the list; that’s up from 6 last year.
Jewish Funds for Justice’s new video “Al Tirah! Fear Not!” features “Sisterhood 50” selection Rabbi Sharon Brous and two irresistible monsters, “Fear” and “Empathy.” It’s the first video for the Al Tirah/Fear Not Movement, whose stated mission is to help people free themselves “from a nation of fear-based politics and embrace our radical empathy in order to have a better tomorrow.”
Newsweek magazine is out with its annual list of what it deems the 50 most influential rabbis in the country. As usual, women are a tiny number of those selected by the three entertainment-industry figures: the heads of Sony Pictures, News Corp. and Jewish Television Network Productions — all men, and all based in Los Angeles. For those of us in the Jerusalem of the Diaspora — and by that I mean Brooklyn, or at least New York City — some of the choices may seem biased toward the left coast and the gender of the selection committee members.