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Ritual

Birth of Esther Broner, co-creator of "The Women’s Haggadah"

July 8, 1927

Esther Broner "made room for us at the table by creating a whole new one—a Seder table at which women’s voices were heard.”

Seder Sisters' Women's Passover Video

E.M. Broner talks about the Seder Sisters’ Women’s Passover, 2000. 
Courtesy of E. M. Broner

E.M. Broner talks about the Seder Sisters’ Women’s Passover, 2000. 
Courtesy of E. M. Broner

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The Charleston Plantation.

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Savina Teubal created space for Jewish women to participate in holidays and rituals, and created a powerful new tradition to recognize her own rite of passage from adult to elder.

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Belda Lindenbaum was driven by the birth of her daughters to create new opportunities for Jewish women and girls.

Lori Lefkovitz

Lori Lefkovitz founded the first-ever women’s studies department at a rabbinical school and helped create Ritualwell.org, a communal source for inclusive, innovative Jewish ritual and prayer.

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Arguing that feminism could become a way into Judaism instead of a reason to leave the faith, JOFA founder Blu Greenberg created new possibilities for Orthodox feminist Jews.

Maralee Gordon

Rabbi Maralee Gordon helped found the Chutzpah Collective, a radical Jewish political collective that utilized the inclusion of women in religious rituals as a jumping-off point for making all Jews feel welcome in the Jewish community regardless of disability or sexual orientation.

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