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Row of people standing against a wall

We must create conversations and ask hard questions, fostering a culture of brave outspokenness. This year, I have been on a journey to tackle issues of gender-based violence in my own Jewish community.

Sylvia Levy
Person at a seder table reading haggadah; glass of wine in foreground

The Feminist Seder was a highlight of my youth. With the explosion of the #MeToo movement, our modern plagues could pack a renewed punch at feminist seders everywhere.

Abigail Pogrebin
Little girl wearing a superhero mask and boxing gloves

With movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, it is the time for women to mobilize using the fearless power of their voices.

Susannah R. Cohen
Three young girls in bright summer tees around a computer

Encouraging girls to explore concepts related to science and engineering helps them discover and harness the power they possess to make a difference in the world.

Delaney Cotton
woman's face in profile/abstract with dark hair that looks like smoke

Based on Proverbs 31:10-31, this poem is one writer’s interpretation of “Eshet Chayil” (A Woman of Valor) for the 21st century.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Frieda Hershman Huberman, the author, holding a prayer book at the Kotel

Despite the imperative to be joyous during the Hebrew month of Adar, I cried recently at the Western Wall during Rosh Chodesh services marking the new month.

Frieda Hershman Huberman
Silver crystal studded crown lying on pillowy satin material

Themes relating to gender are especially relevant this Purim, as sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men continue to emerge.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
March participants holding pro choice signs at a rally

Today, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. As we celebrate its 45th anniversary, I hope we redouble our commitment to protecting a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body.

Julia Weinstein
Headstone of Ethen Cortell

After my mother died, I wondered if she’d ever visited her mother’s grave. Then again, my grandmother’s death was not routine.

Amy J. Yoffie
Hand holding a speech bubble that read hashtag metoo inside against a blue background

Tamar and Judah can help us make everyday decisions that are framed by silence-breakers. Judah learns - and if he can, we can too. 

Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader

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