women's equality

women's equality

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld smiles on stage as she accepts her award

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Wednesday, Dec. 11 as Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, the first woman to be ordained as a cantor, was presented with the 2019 Debbie Friedman Award for Contributions to Jewish Music. 

Two women hugging while one holds a Torah

With the URJ Biennial fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your schedule – and there are a number of programming opportunities throughout the event that amplify women’s voices, highlight women’s contributions, and delve deep into issues of gender equity.

Cantor Rosalie Will & Rabbi Leora Kaye
Silhouette of three women cheering against a sunset

For this International Women's Day, consider celebrating the achievements of Women of the Wall, in addition to honoring the women in your sisterhood and congregation.

Alyson Malinger
Three young adults holding signs in support of equal pay for women

Next Equal Pay Day, may every member of the Reform Jewish community be actively engaged in the work to bring more justice to our workplaces.

Rabbi Mary Zamore
Red and white striped sneakers and jean-clad legs at the starting line as seen from overhead

As I chronicle my journey from Orthodox feminist to Reform rabbi, I would like to explore what it means to be a Jewish woman, and what it means to be a human being.

Elana Sztokman
White marble statue of justice holding brass scales

On this Equal Pay Day, there is much to be done to bring justice to working women, including those who are employed within the Jewish community.

Stephanie Blumenkranz, Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, & Rabbi Mary Zamore