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Feminism: Giving Birth to a New Judaism

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Publication Date: September 1981

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Martha Ackelsberg

Series: Sh'ma (11/216) and CLAL Encore Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Discrimination and affirmative action)

Keywords: Gender; Discrimination; Empowerment; Family

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author discusses the spiritual, educational and familial obstacles that prevent women from fully participating in the Jewish community. Although equal access is a crucial step to overcoming these obstacles, a fundamental transformation of Jewish education, spirituality and familial tradition is necessary in order for the Jewish community to be responsive to and reflective of all its members.