Given economic realities, haredi businesswomen are breaking down stereotypes and taking their places in the workforce.
Jerusalem — When “Rivky,” a fervently Orthodox woman with “a very large family” — she declined to provide numbers, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, and the need to advertise came up, “there was only one newspaper serving the ‘frum oylom’” she recalled, referring to the “religious world” in Yiddish-accented English. Today, the grandmother said, the growing haredi community “is fragmented.”
As iconic women’s group marks its centennial, it’s not standing pat in a fast-changing Jewish world. But can it lure enough young blood?
The birthday girl is turning 100 this year, and she says she’s feeling just fine, thank you. She’s still raising tons of money, has a membership role that continues to grow and is still improving health care in Israel through its world-class hospital.
But this is not your grandmother’s Jewish community anymore. And the jury is out on whether Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, which marks its centennial this year, can be relevant to young Jewish women in a fast-moving world.
Thirty-five years of ‘amplifying women’s voices.’ An interview with longtime Lilith editor in chief, Susan Weidman Schneider.
In a feat of journalistic longevity, Lilith: The Jewish Women’s Magazine, has been around for 35 years now. Along the way, the quarterly has sought to merge the wider women’s movement with the world of Jewish feminism. On the occasion of its 35 anniversary, The Jewish Week asked Lilith founding editor Susan Weidman Schneider to reflect on the issues that have animated the magazine’s coverage.
In her bid to put the issue of modern-day slavery on the communal agenda, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster has taken the fight to Florida’s tomato-growing capital. And to her local grocery store.
Part of Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster’s fight against modern-day slavery is professional.
As a major goal of her work as director of North American Programs for the continent’s branch of the Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) organization, where she coordinates a national educational and lobbying effort, she is responsible for raising consciousness of the issue.
And part of her fight is personal. How she buys bananas.
Rewriting The Script: New Roles, New Battles Fighting modern-day slavery, Hadassah at 100 and Lilith at 35, non-Jewish women energizing liberal congregations, frum women EMTs breaking the mold in Borough Park.
No culture saves everything. Time passes, timber burns, stone is eroded, documents are misplaced and memories become distorted and rendered unidentifiable.
All the more so for a people without a central political or religious authority; for a peripatetic people, like the Jews, without vaults that held treasures for millennia or longstanding archives. Who was there to gather the remnants of the past, to determine what must not be lost?
A Decade of Distinction- A Special Advertorial Section
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