Should French Jews make aliyah? Who was left out of the 2015 Oscar nominations? Why was a Jewish transgender woman barred from the kotel? And just how much has changed — and hasn’t — regarding gender and Judaism in the last 25 years? These are some of the questions asked and answered on this month’s episode of The Salon. (Scroll down for clips.)
This month, host Jane Eisner and co-host Rachel Sklar are joined by journalist and author Abigail Pogrebin, who is currently writing the “18 Holidays, 1 Wondering Jew” column for The Forward; Rebecca Soffer, Co-Founder/CEO of Modern Loss; and Rabbi Felicia Sol of Manhattan’s B’nai Jeshurun congregation, who is leading the upcoming “Meet Me at Sinai” conference on Sunday, February 8th.
Should French Jews Make Aliyah?
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded French Jews that “The State of Israel is also your home,” encouraging Jews in Europe to make aliyah and move to Israel. Was this the right message for Netanyahu to send, and is it the right move for French Jews to make?
“Standing Again at Sinai,” 25 Years Later
This year is the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking book Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism From a Feminist Perspective, by Religious Studies professor Judith Plaskow. To celebrate this milestone, Rabbi Felicia Sol is leading a conference and day of learning on Sunday, February 8th, called “Meet Me At Sinai,” and in preparation, we’re doing some soul-searching. Jane asks the panel — and our viewers — to think of the moment when they first realized that gender matters in a Jewish context.
Transgender Woman Barred From the Western Wall
In January, a transgender woman living in Israel, Kay Long, was barred from entering the women’s section at the kotel because a self-appointed guard said she was not a woman. Why do these kinds of exclusionary practices happen and what can be done about them?
Who Was Left Out of the 2015 Oscar Nominations?
While there were many great films nominated for best picture and best director this year, it’s one that wasn’t that’s been getting a lot of attention — “Selma,” directed by Ava Duvernary, one of few black and female directors working in Hollywood. (Not so fun fact: there are fewer women writing and directing in Hollywood today than there were 17 years ago.*) Who else was left out of the predominantly white and male nominees and why?