The first-ever television show about Jewish women’s issues, The Salon brings together women from across the spectrum of Jewish life for lively discussion about a range of topics affecting Jewish women.
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Clip from Episode 37: Ideas for Liberation This Passover
The Salon 37. Jewish women discuss: ideas for liberation this Passover, gains made for haredi women in the Israeli elections, brands and social issues, and parenting tips for co-host Rachel Sklar, who’s nine months pregnant! Featuring Yeshivat Maharat’s Dr. Esther Altmann, NCJW-NY’s Andrea Salwen Kopel, and Lenore Skenazy, host of “World’s Worst Mom.”
Episode 36. Why all the fuss over “Fifty Shades of Grey?” Also: anti-Semitic violence in Europe; Netanyahu’s address to Congress; and the thrill of spilling secrets. Featuring Hello Flo founder & CEO Naama Bloom, essayist and cultural critic Daphne Merkin, and documentary filmmaker Lacey Schwartz.
Episode 35. Terror attacks in France, 2015 Oscar nominations and who wasn’t included, transgender woman barred from the kotel, and Standing Again At Sinai, 25 years later. Featuring journalist and author Abigail Pogrebin, Modern Loss Co-Founder/CEO Rebecca Soffer, and B’nai Jeshurun’s Rabbi Felicia Sol.
Episode 34. Jewish women on Ferguson and beyond, Jewish communal salaries, walking the line between our personal and public selves, and more. This episode features Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend The Arc; Rachel Cyrulnik, Partner at Altruicity; and Sarah Wildman, author of “Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.”
Episode 33. Rachel’s big news, the R’ Barry Freundel mikvah scandal, egg-freezing, street harassment, and more. This episode features JOFA Executive Director Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, documentary filmmaker Debra Gonsher Vinik, and Bustle.com Senior Features Editor Rachel Krantz, plus host Jane Eisner puts co-host Rachel Sklar in the hot seat!
Episode 32. Jewish women discuss: why it’s so hard to talk about the war in Gaza; sexual harassment in the Senate; Ferguson, race and the Jewish community, and how to find High Holidays inspiration. With Lisa Goldman, Marjorie Dove Kent, Rebecca Honig Friedman.
Episode 31. It’s a panel of authors on this episode. “Cut Me Loose” author Leah Vincent, “A Dual Inheritance” author Joanna Hershon, and “Breaking Free” author Abby Sher join Jane Eisner and Rachel Sklar for a wide-ranging discussion on everything from anti-Semitism to motherhood.
Episode 30. The first woman at the helm of a Jewish denomination shares her story. Plus: what to do about Woody Allen’s films, Barbie as swimsuit covergirl, metzizah b’peh, and why women don’t give money to political candidates? With Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Vanessa Hidary and Lilly Rivlin.
Episode 29. The Shriver Report — why are so many American women are living in poverty; celebrities as messengers of social justice; Ariel Sharon’s life and death; and the justice of Oscar nominations. Featuring Simone Dinnerstein, Rabbi Joanna Samuels, and Susan Stern.
Episode 28. Why do Jewish organizations pay women less than men? What does the future hold for Orthodox feminism? Was Bibi wrong to skip Nelson Mandela’s memorial service? Guests Gabrielle Birkner, Debra Nussbaum Cohen and Basya Schechter discuss all this and more.
Episode 27. Dr. Ruth answers your questions about sex on this episode of The Salon. Also: debating conclusions from the Pew study on Jewish America, Thanksgivukkah, and more. With Marie Claire’s Lea Goldman and Sisterhood contributor Johnna Kaplan.
Episode 26. Challenges for women opting back in to the workplace, ultra-Orthodox violence in Israel, why talking about race is hard, “The Camp Gyno” viral video, and hopes for the High Holidays. With Dr. Ruth Pinkenson Feldman, Chava Shervington, Limor Suss.
Episode 25. Taped before a live audience at the JCC in Manhattan, this special 25th edition of The Salon is not to be missed! With the JCC’s Rabbi Joy Levitt, The End of Men author Hanna Rosin; and “The New Republic” science editor Judith Shulevitz. Click here to watch the complete episode 25 of The Salon.
Episode 24. Is an egalitarian section the way to gender equality at the Kotel? How big of a deal was President Obama’s comment about Kamala Harris’ looks? Plus: Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, the morning after pill, and Mother’s Day. Featuring Judy Batalion, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, and Dvora Meyers. Click here to watch the complete episode 24 of The Salon.
Episode 23. Why were a group of women detained at the Kotel in February? One of them shares her story. Plus, the fiftieth anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, universal preschool education for Jews?; and in the aftermath of Purim, Esther v. Vashti. Click here to watch the complete Episode 23 of The Salon.
Episode 22. Roe v. Wade turns 40; Israel bans too-skinny models; why gun control is so hard to talk about; a Jewish marriage problem?; and “Les Miserables.” With “Love Letters” columnist Meredith Goldstein, The Daily Show staff writer Jo Miller, and The OpEd Project founder Katie Orenstein. Click here to watch the complete episode 22 of The Salon.
Episode 21. Lessons from Hurricane Sandy, the “Jewish Vote” in the 2012 presidential election, sex education in the Orthodox community, and how to game J Date to meet your mate. With sex educator Jennie Rosenfeld, media consultant Amy Webb, and freelance journalist Sarah Seltzer. Click here to watch the complete episode 21 of The Salon.
Episode 20. Jewish women discuss: Ann Romney and Michelle Obama’s convention speeches, which party has the women’s vote, why a women’s group in Israel is suing an ultra-Orthodox radio station, NY State Senate candidate Mindy Meyer’s pink persona, and more! Click here to watch the complete episode 20 of The Salon.
Episode 19. Jewish women discuss Nora Ephron’s legacy, whether women can have it all, the most recent Jewish population study, and summer wedding trends. Featuring NMAJH’s Ivy Barsky, The Today Show’s Rina Raphael, and HuffPo’s Sara Wilson. The complete episode 19 of The Salon is not currently available online.
Episode 18. The first openly transgender professor at YU, Joy Ladin, shares her story. Plus, filmmaker Liz Nord and performer Allison Goldberg join the panel to discuss Obama’s support of same-sex marriage, the firing of a teacher for undergoing IVF treatments, the popularity of the show “Girls” and more! Click here to watch the complete episode 18 of The Salon.
Episode 17. The author of the bestselling memoir “Unorthodox” reacts to criticism from the Jewish community, the healthcare debate and Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke, Passover traditions from feminist seders to vegan replacements for the shank bone, and more! With Deborah Feldman, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Joy Sisisky. The complete episode 17 of The Salon is not currently available online.
Episode 16. Jewish women discuss: gender segregation in Israel; “stuff” girls say viral videos; why American women are being left out of Jewish public life; Roe v. Wade 39 years later, and more! With NYT columnist Gaby Dunn, NCJW’s Nancy Kaufman, and The Israel Project’s Jennifer Mizrahi. The complete episode 16 of The Salon is not currently available online.
Episode 15. Occupy Judaism, the plight of agunot, could Steve Jobs be replaced by a woman, Herman Cain and sexual harassment, and more! With communications strategist Jo-Ann Mort, documentary filmmaker Beverly Siegel, and technology journalist Joanna Stern. Click here to watch the complete episode 15 of The Salon.
Episode 14. Jewish women discuss: the Leiby Kletzky tragedy, the “submissive” wife running for president, sexy magazine covers, Hadassah’s centennial year, and more! With Hadassah’s Marcie Natan, comedian Caroline Waxler, and Kveller.com’s Deborah Kolben. Click here to watch the complete episode 14 of The Salon.
Episode 13. The Anthony Weiner Twitter debacle; gay marriage in NY; Orthodox Jewish basketball star Naama Shafir; Facebook COO’s controversial Barnard commencement speech, and more! With Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, author/illustrator Ilene Beckerman, and journalist Michelle Goldberg. Click here to watch the complete episode 13 of The Salon.
Episode 12. Jewish women discuss: the Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger sex scandals; removing women from pictures in ultra-Orthodox publications; lessons from Lara Logan; prom season, and more! With Mara Yacobi, Allison Josephs, and Judith Matloff. Click here to watch the complete episode 12 of The Salon.
Episode 11. Author Kay Hymowitz discusses her controversial new book, “Manning Up,” with philanthropist Barbara Dobkin and the Sisterhood’s Elissa Strauss. Also: why men dominate magazine bylines; is congress endangering women’s health, and the Mike Huckabee/Natalie Portman debate. Click here to watch the complete episode 11 of The Salon.
Episode 10. Remembering Debbie Friedman; coping with the Gabrielle Giffords shooting; the latest battle in the Mommy Wars; why having a Jewish Miss America matters, or doesn’t; and more! Featuring JOFA founder Blu Greenberg, author Lizzie Skurnick (“Shelf Discovery”), and TheGloss.com editor in chief Lilit Marcus. Click here to watch the complete episode 10 of The Salon.
Episode 09. Fighting the gender pay gap at Jewish organizations, Natalie Portman’s controversial role in “Black Swan,” Jewish women step into the boxing ring, and does a new modesty handbook go too far? Featuring author Rachel Shukert, Jewish boxing aficionado Binnie Klein, and Shifra Bronznick of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community. Click here to watch the complete episode 09 of The Salon.
Episode 08. Jewish women discuss Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Tea Party, the controversy over same-sex marriage announcements in Jewish publications, $#*& our moms say, with guests: Jezebel.com reporter Irin Carmon, Moment Magazine editor & publisher Nadine Epstein, and JTS professor Dr. Carol Ingall. Click here to watch the complete episode 08 of The Salon.
Episode 07. Jewish women discuss High Holiday traditions, Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, Paul Rudd as bat mitzvah DJ, and controversies over women as lay leaders of Orthodox congregations. With guests Meredith Jacobs, Adena Berkowitz, and Galeet Dardashti. Click here to watch the complete episode 07 of The Salon.
Episode 06. Top Chef’s Gail Simmons gives her take on Elena Kagan’s supreme court nomination, how to talk about Israel, the French inquiry into banning the burqa, and more! Also featuring guests comedian Cory Kahaney and The Gloss.com editor-in-chief Lilit Marcus. Click here to watch the complete episode 06 of The Salon.
Episode 05. The woman at the center of the controversy over ordaining female Orthodox rabbis, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, joins the conversation, along with author Judith Shulevitz (“The Sabbath World”) and Foundation of Jewish Culture President & CEO Elise Bernhardt. Topics include: the RCA’s resolution on Orthodox women leaders, Bar & Bat mitzvah wars, the contemporary relevance of the Sabbath, and do full-figured but not fully-clothed women belong on a prime time television commercial? Click here to watch the complete episode 05 of The Salon.
Episode 04. Tovah Feldshuh joins our panel to talk about Passover traditions, whether the word “feminism” is losing its appeal, Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar, and more! Also featuring Lilith magazine’s Editor in Chief, Susan Weidman Schneider, and Julie Klausner, author of I Don’t Care About Your Band. Click here to watch the complete episode 04 of The Salon.
Episode 03. The panel takes on Orthodox female rabbis, modesty as fashion trend, an atheist-feminist prayerbook, and more! Featuring JOFA’s Robin Bodner, award-winning novelist Dara Horn, and the always funny Ophira Eisenberg! You don’t want to miss this episode of The Salon! Click here to watch the complete episode 03 of The Salon.
Episode 02. Hadassah president Nancy Falchuk, comedian Judy Gold and filmmaker Lacey Schwartz join Jane and Rachel to discuss the return of Sarah Palin, recent controversies over breast cancer prevention, Israeli supermodels, and dolls made just for Jewish girls. Click here to watch the complete episode 02 of The Salon.
Episode 01. On this first episode of The Salon, Host Jane Eisner leads a panel of distinguished guests in the first-ever Jewish women’s issues discussion on television! Guests include American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger, Mediaite.com editor Rachel Sklar, journalist Lynn Harris, and AskMoses.com editor Bronya Shaffer. Click here to watch the complete episode 01 of The Salon.