“An Accessible Gap Year” – New York Jewish Week

An Accessible Gap Year For Youth With Disabilities Darkaynu gives students with disabilities an Israel gap-year trip of a lifetime BY JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI – January 11, 2018 For many Jewish young adults, a gap year in Israel is a rite of passage. It can be a critical part of their personal growth and engagement with the Jewish people. Some …

“Taking Over Riskin’s Business” – Jewish Standard

Taking over Riskin’s business Teaneck’s Rabbi Kenneth Brander named new head of Ohr Torah Stone in Israel By Larry Yudelson – 11/23/2017 Kenneth Brander wasn’t sure he wanted to be a rabbi when he applied to rabbinical school. Thirty years later, it’s pretty clear that the rabbinate was a good match for his talents. After he was ordained …

Rabbi Kenneth Brander to Make Aliyah, Head OTS – Jewish Link

Rabbi Kenneth Brander to Make Aliyah, Head Ohr Torah Stone by Elizabeth Kratz 10/18/2017 Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, Yeshiva University’s vice president for university and community life, has been named the new president-elect and rosh hayeshiva of Efrat-based education network Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), set to succeed the venerable Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, …

“Will they ever be unchained?”

  Jerusalem Post | Magazine –  11/10/2017 In an article in this weekend’s Jerusalem Post Magazine (11/10/2017), Pnina Omer, Director of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline, reminds readers that, “The spirit of the Halacha is to do everything possible to release agunot from their chains and …

“Why it’s easier to ordain Orthodox female rabbis in Israel than the US” – Times of Israel

“Why it’s easier to ordain Orthodox women in Israel than the US” by Ben Sales 11/10/2017 JTA — Ever since Rabbi Avi Weiss began training female clergy and appointing them to leadership positions, he’s been mired in controversy. Graduates of his women’s seminary in Riverdale, New York, have been banned from serving as clergy or in …

‘Huge’ Moment For Advocates Of Orthodox Women Rabbis – Jewish Week

‘Huge’ Moment For Advocates Of Orthodox Women Rabbis YU centrist named successor of Shlomo Riskin’s pioneering seminary in Israel; move could impact direction of U.S. Orthodoxy. by Gary Rosenblatt 10/10/2017   With the powerful Orthodox Union poised to vote on whether to expel several member congregations for employing women in rabbinical …

A Rabbi’s Sorrow – צער רב

“A Rabbi’s Sorrow” Rabbi Shlomo Riskin really thought that it would be different. That those in the seat of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate would be righteous and more tolerant — toward women, converts and even Conservative Jews. Instead, they accuse him of straying from the halakha. by Zvika Klein Makor Rishon 4/08/2017 “If …

There is no Comparison

  “There is no Comparison” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  12/7/2017 Earlier this week, Kan – the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation –  aired a segment called “Trapped Men,” which exposed the issue of men being denied a get (a religious divorce). The report showed that female recalcitrance is a widespread …

From Heights to Depths

  “From the Heights of Women’s Day to the Depths of Aguna Day” by Pnina Omer Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  9/3/2017 This week was marked by the powerful convergence of two important days: International Women’s Day, which is observed each year on March 8, and International Aguna Day, commemorated annually on the Fast of Esther, …