Ma'yan Journey - Spring 2001

By Heather Altman, Susan Shapiro, Melanie Levav, Hope Levav, Ruth Abrams, Rebecca Metzger, Shifra Bronznick

Ma'yan, Spring 2001

This issue of Journey focuses on covenantal relationships within the Jewish community. The first section explores the ways in which Jewish feminists are re-examining what covenantal partnership means on a personal level. Rabbi Heather Altman and Susan Shapiro explore the challenges of honoring traditional Jewish marriage practices while simultaneously entering into marriages based on mutual agreement between equals. Melanie and Hope Levav describe how they created a ceremony of covenant to sanctify their relationship and inscribe lesbians into Jewish tradition. Ruth Abrams urges us to explore the ways in which covenant is expressed in other relationships. Excerpts from various partnership agreements and suggestions for renewing the covenants of long-term relationships are also included. The articles included in the second section of this issue explore the challenge of women and their relationships to Jewish organizations rather than focusing on the language of covenant. Rebecca Metzger examines the reasons that she and many of her peers have left their jobs in Jewish communal life. Shifra Bronznick shares the vision behind the Ma'yan inspired initiative "Advancing Women and the Jewish Community." Finally, we highlight the No Small Change Young Women's Tzedakah Collective and participants in Jewish women's foundations nation-wide who are shifting the nature of women's participation as partners in their communities.

Topic: Tzedakah (Charity), Ritual, Gender, Equality, Homosexuality, Feminism, Charitable Giving, LGBT Issues, Covenant, Marriage, GLBT Issues, Women

Name of Publication: Ma'yan Journey

Editor: Cohen, Tamara , Shapiro, Susan

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Language: English

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