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Jewish Education

Belda Lindenbaum, 1938 - 2015

In 2009, when Rabbi Weiss and I founded Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, there was only one person who we knew would be crazy enough to dream with us. I went to see Belda, to ask for seed funding. I was nervous. Having only just been ordained myself, I was not a fundraiser. So I took Rabbi Jeff Fox, our Rosh Yeshiva, along with me. We sat together and talked about an Orthodox Jewish community where men and women could be partners in spiritual leadership. Then, Rabbi Fox asked her for a gift.

Walking Contradiction

“Judaism and feminism? Aren’t those contradictory?” an elderly Jewish man  remarked to me and fellow blogger Caroline as we left a Saturday morning minyan.

“You’d be surprised,” Caroline tactfully responded.

As he walked away, we turned and looked at each other incredulously. How many people believe that the two are uncombinable?

Feminist T-Shirt and Star of David Necklace

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The Balancing Act

I was raised in a modern orthodox household. I went to a private Jewish preschool, then a private Jewish elementary school, and then a private Jewish middle school. But when I reached high school, my family and I made the decision to go to public school. It was a brand new social and educational experience, and almost all of the changes I went through were positive. However, I lost the daily Hebrew and Judaics I’d had my whole life, and I realized how you can get very distant very quickly from your Judaism. 

2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Elisabeth Eigerman

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Elisabeth Eigerman, 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow.

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Abby Richmond

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Abby Richmond, 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow.

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Ariela Basson

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Noam Green

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Noam Green, 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow.

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Caroline Kubzansky

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