We welcome back our Consulting Correspondents (our Corresponding Consultants?) Rabbi Elisa Koppel and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz for a review of the highlights of the recent WRN (Women's Rabbinic Network) Convention: Journey to 50! The Convention, celebrated virtually over Zoom, focused on five decades of women rabbis, and the coming 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand, the very first woman rabbi ordained in North America. Come along to hear what women rabbis talk about when they are only around other women rabbis!!
Women Rabbis Talk Swag available here: https://www.bonfire.com/store/women-rabbis-talk-swag/
Check our Rabbi Elisa Koppel's amazing Spotify playlist which she made for the convention: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3PsTiG7EGYmgtBMz3BKF6i
You'll see why she added this skill to her resume!
Rabbi Tamar Grimm shares with us important thoughts about how we evaluate success in our own rabbinates. What are the external and internal pressures, benchmarks and factors in our personal lives that lead us to the decisions we make about our rabbinates?
It's not always easy to feel passionate about Israel and passionate about liberal, progressive ideals. Rabbi Lea Muhlstein serves as the Chair of Arzenu Olami, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Liberal Zionists. She is also a Co-Senior Rabbi at the Ark Synagogue in London. Plus - what to think about all the Evangelical "Zionists" and what they really think about us! We were thrilled to talk with her, and we know you'll love hearing from her, too!
Also available with Closed Captions at https://youtu.be/8TMgRVytu0U.
Wait, there are Jews who aren’t Askenazic from Eastern Europe? Black Lives Matter isn’t just about THEM? There are rabbis and cantors who aren’t WHITE?
Well, of course. This episode, we are honored to talk with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., Education Director and Rabbi-in-Residence at Be’Chol Lashon (https://globaljews.org). We learn more about the very important work going on in the area of racial and cultural diversity and inclusion. Enjoy!
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Just in time for Purim! We are so excited to welcome back our THREE-PETE guest, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz to talk about her awesome new children's book, a rhyming feminist fairytale called "Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants" (available through PJ Library or Behrman House)!
Join us to hear Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt share, for the first time, her incredible story of meeting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, becoming her Rabbi, and officiating at arguably the most notable funeral of 2020. A transcription of this episode can be found here. Find out more about Rabbi Holtzblatt and connect with her here.
We were so relieved to take a break from worrying about COVID-19! We then had the honor of speaking with Rabbi Denise Eger, a true role model, and to hear about her two new books: Gender and Religious Leadership: Women Rabbis, Pastors, and Ministers (Lexington Press), and Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells, A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual (CCAR Press). Enjoy!
Rabbi Miri Gold talks to us about being the third woman to be ordained as a rabbi in Israel and the groundbreaking work she’s been doing ever since, with some historic glass ceilings getting broken along the way as well!
It’s Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month #JDAIM2020 so who better to talk to than Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind woman in the world to become a Rabbi? Rabbi Tuchman talks to us about inclusion, ally-ship and accommodation. Where is the Jewish community getting it right and where can we be doing better?
Rabbinical student Emily Holtzman talks with us about the joys and oys of rabbinical school: How do they choose which school to attend? What do they do all day? What happens when they have unique learning needs or health concerns? How do they get a date? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a rabbinical student, this “tell all” episode is for you!
You’ve heard of “taking it to the street” but Rabbi Jill Zimmerman takes it to the Tweet! Join us as Rabbi Zimmerman talks to us about her online rabbinate, where she shares her passion for mindfulness from the perspective of Judaism, and Judaism from the perspective of mindfulness.
Rabbi Celia Surget joins Rabbi Marci Bellows and Rabbi Emma Gottlieb at the URJ Biennial! She tells us all about her experiences as a Jew growing up in Switzerland and as a rabbi in France and England. Together, we ponder the growing reality of antisemitism across continents. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered how to address a woman rabbi (or any rabbi) in French, this is the episode for you!
Rabbis Marci Bellows and Emma Gottlieb reunite with one another and with so many of their incredible female colleagues (and 5000 or so other Reform & Progressive Jews) at the URJ Biennial conference in Chicago, IL. Guest appearances by Rabbi Rachel Ackerman, Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Rabbi Hannah Kingston, Rabbi Rachel Kort, Rabbi Leah Muhlstein, Rabbi Anne Persin, Rabbi Rena Rifkin, Rabbi-Cantor Raina Siroty, Rabbi Phyllis Summer and Rabbi Mara Young! (That's a lot of rabbis!)
Rabbi Zamore talks to us about the Women’s Rabbinic Network and about her recent publications, one of which is NOT a cookbook! Also featuring a mini-interview with rabbinical student Jessica Jacobs from JStreet!