Features

Taking a Stand

Posted on January 25, 2018

by Women’s League In light of current events regarding sexual harassment, assault, and rape, Women’s League feels the need to bring this concern to the fore – and perhaps encourage discussion among members who feel particularly affected or triggered by the public disclosure of these issues. While Women’s League has received comments from members who Continue Reading »

Fighting for Israel’s Soul

Posted on January 25, 2018

by Bonnie Riva Ras Like most Jews who make aliyah, I have been a fervent Zionist from a very early age. But, as an American Jew, I came to Israel seeing the world through a liberal egalitarian lens, and with the purpose to end the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) control over Jewish life in Israel. I was Continue Reading »

Making a Jewish Home in China

Posted on January 25, 2018

by Shannon Rubin WLCJ International Board Member Sukkot has always been one of my family’s favorite holidays. My husband, an engineer and former U.S. Marine, enjoys designing and constructing the sukkah and camping outside with the kids. Our kids love designing a tabletop sukkah with graham crackers and Nutella and creating fun decorations to hang Continue Reading »

Diversity and Inclusion: More than Mere Buzzwords

Posted on January 3, 2017

by Jane Calem Rosen On Shabbat, Chaim Respes, a 38-year-old human resources manager active in his New Jersey synagogue, dons a kippah and drapes a tallit over his shoulders. He enjoys attending services with his wife, a Jew-by-choice, and their three young boys. As one of the instructors in the congregation’s religious school and the recently Continue Reading »

Rabbi Ima: The Kids Are Alright

Posted on August 19, 2016

When your mother is a rabbi… by Jane Calem Rosen Mom’s a Conservative rabbi. So what’s that like? “Sometimes, I forget she’s a rabbi, because she’s just my mom and not in the pulpit,” Yael Marans, 18, of Teaneck, NJ, said of her mother, Rabbi Amy Roth. Aware of the irony, she added, “But then, one Continue Reading »

Why Not For Girls?

Posted on April 9, 2016

The knotty road to getting girls to assume rituals  once reserved for men by Rachel Pomerance Berl Whenever I drape my tallit over my shoulders, I feel like God is over me,” says Talia Shapiro, 13, of Bethesda, Maryland. But wearing the ritual garment to synagogue is a tricky matter for Talia. It’s not so much Continue Reading »