Oct 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Announcing "Rabbis for Women of the Wall"



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 18, 2010

 

RABBIS TAKE A STAND

TO SUPPORT WOMEN'S RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN ISRAEL

 

Contact:

Rabbi Pamela Frydman 415-261-3404, rebpam@gmail.com

Rabbi Menachem Creditor, 510-549-9447, rabbicreditor@gmail.com

 

The attached statement signed by twenty-eight prominent rabbis has been sent to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Rubi Rivlin, opposition leader and Head of the Israeli Kadima Party Tzipi Livni, Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky, and Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz Shlita.

 

With the issuing of this statement, we, Orthodox, Conservative (Masorti), Reform (Progressive), Reconstructionist and Renewal Rabbis-whose brief bios are attached-have launched a new social justice movement called Rabbis for Women of the Wall, a trans-denominational campaign to support the rights of women to lead worship, wear a prayer shawl, carry a Torah scroll and read from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a holy site that carries great symbolic significance for Jews everywhere.

 

All rabbis everywhere are invited to become Rabbis for Women of the Wall by signing the statement for delivery to Israeli officials. Jewish congregations, federations, JCRC's, JCC's and other institutions are invited to become Organizations for Women of the Wall by endorsing the same statement to Israeli officials. Individuals-including both women and men-are also invited to sign a differently worded statement to the same Israeli officials. To sign on, go to TAKE A STAND on the Women of the Wall website http://womenofthewall.org.il/.

 

"The launch of Rabbis for Women of the Wall is a defining moment that far surpasses Jewish denominational distinctions," says Rabbis for WOW Co-Chair Rabbi Menachem Creditor. "The status of the Jewish People in Israel, and therefore the world, is at stake, and we, the rabbinic community of North America, have an important voice."

 

"Yes, there are unique ideological commitments that lead to spirited encounter when we come together," says Co-Chair Rabbi Pamela Frydman. "But the blessing is in coming together. With the increasing marginalization of non-Charedi (non-ultra-Orthodox) Judaism in Israel, every facet of our people, including Charedim, is in danger. When we segregate our schools, fund intolerance, and arrest women for holding a Torah or reading from it, we are in need of healing."

 

"We are the rabbis of North American Jewry, and we are here to lead and support every part of the Jewish People." Continues Rabbi Creditor. "When a part is attacked, we all feel the pain. This is a painful moment, and it is our time to speak."


Rabbis for Women of the Wall

International Co-Chairs (click here for brief biographies)
Rabbi Pamela Frydman, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)

Circle of Presidents (click here for brief biographies)
Rabbi Ellen W. Dreyfus, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Gilah Dror, President, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, President, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

International Vice Chairs (click here for brief biographies)
Rabbi Morris Allen, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Laurie Katz Braun, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Rosalind Glazer, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Dan Goldblatt, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Jarah Greenfield, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi David Kalb, Modern Orthodox
Rabbi Lori Klein, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Stan Levy, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Sue Mauer Morningstar, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Barbara Penzner, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Linda Potemken, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Sarah Reines, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Andrew M. Sacks, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Ed Stafman, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Rabbi Martin Weiner, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Leadership Circle
Co-Chair, Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus, Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
Co-Chair, Rabbi Gilah Dror, Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
Co-Chair, Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, OHALAH, Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal
Co-Chair, Rabbi Yael Ridberg, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Rabbi Pamela Frydman
The President, Chair, Shomer or paid Director of each Organization for Women of the Wall will be listed here.

Circle of Honor
Your name here

Organizations for Women of the Wall
Your organization here

For questions regarding Rabbis and Organizations for Women of the Wall contact Rabbi Pamela Frydman: rabbisforwow@gmail.com


 



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