Kesher Birthright Israel

From Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz June 3, 2013

Shalom from Kibbutz Tzuba on day #8 of the Kesher Birthright trip I am staffing. Birthright funders  have sent 100,000s of young Jews to Israel, ages 18-26, in the more than ten years since it began. Prerequisites for this free 10-day trip to Israel are to be Jewish and not have visited Israel before with a peer group.

20-20 Hindsight?

From Rabbi Dantowitz, May 23, 2013, 14 Sivan 5773

Which path to follow…A two decade journey of parenting and the rabbinate.

Twenty years ago, I was ordained a rabbi. A few months earlier, I became a mother.

Whose Wall (Kotel) is it anyway?

From Rabbi Dantowitz 5/2/2013
26 Iyar 5773, 42nd day of the Omer

Women of the Wall, as I’ve shared before, is a group of women of all denominations, which has been praying monthly at the Kotel for the past 24 ½ years to welcome the new Hebrew month. Last month, at Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request, Natan Sharansky proposed a solution to create a third prayer area at the Kotel by building out the area by Robinson’s Arch to create an egalitarian prayer space. It’s a creative solution yet one that can not be implemented immediately.

I Woke up Early for Religious Tolerance

From Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz , 3/13
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Yesterday, I joined in solidarity with Women of the Wall at the “Wake up for Religious Tolerance” Service in NYC. Women of the Wall began in Jerusalem, 24 ½ years ago, when I was a first year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR. As the 20th anniversary of Ordination approaches, my classmates and I recently reflected on our experiences with WOW in the year 1988-1989.

International Women's Day

From Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz, 3/8/2013

Friday, March 8, 2013 is International Women's Day. It is a day to celebrate women and stand up for women's rights.