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Shifra Bronznick, Did i Goldenhar & Joanna Samuels

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 54: Women as Leaders in Judaism

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Women as Leaders in Judaism
Women as leaders in Judaism

Judaism is a religion and also a form of ethnic identification. This chapter considers how Jewish women's leadership has been made manifest in the religious sphere and in the cultural, political, and communal forms of Jewish peoplehood in America.

The patriarchal nature of the Jewish religion limited women's roles to the domestic realm for many centuries. Religious law and social constructs prevented women from participating equally in prayer, ritual, and learning (Hyman, 1995). Starting in 19th-century Europe, liberal Jewish communities allowed women to participate in secular and religious education. The emergent ...

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