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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732182

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.001.0001

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Women and American Judaism

Women and American Judaism

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Women and Judaism

Pamela S. Nadell

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how the second wave of feminism in the 20th century expanded opportunities for American women, which ultimately led to the transformation of American Judaism. Prior to the emergence of this second-wave, women's roles within American Jewish life had changed slowly and incrementally over time. Yet, once second-wave feminism stormed American Judaism, change cascaded over the American Jewish landscape. In the early 1970s, for instance, women bent on becoming rabbis were on their way to ordination. Feminists also turned their attention to public rituals and celebrations, seeking new venues for communal feminist spirituality. One of these is the women's seder. By the end of the 20th century, women's seders had sprung up in Jewish communities all across the United States, bringing together “women of all ages and from every corner of the Jewish community to celebrate the Exodus in story, song, and symbolism from a woman's perspective.”

Keywords:   Jewish women, American women, Jewish feminism, second-wave feminism, American Judaism, Jews, rabbis, feminists, seder

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