Moved to Speak: Jarena Lee 1783-1864

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, CCJ staff have reflected on inspirational Jewish and Christian women.      “If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? seeing he died for her also.”1 Jarena Lee, the first female African-American preacher, never wanted to preach. The act of speaking about her… Read more »

Women and Peace

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, CCJ staff have reflected on inspirational Jewish and Christian women.   I went to live in Israel prior to the first Intifaada. During those initial years I had experiences that were frightening and difficult due to the violence, general instability, and fragility of life itself. Like many in our community… Read more »

Susannah Heschel: Creating a Feminist Theology

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, CCJ staff have reflected on inspirational Jewish and Christian women. As a child, growing up in the synagogue of the Jewish Theological Seminary where her father taught, Susannah Heschel struggled with the hypocrisies and prejudices she saw in the mid-century Conservative movement. She could not understand why a denomination which… Read more »

Reflections on Purim

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The upcoming festival of Purim (the Feast of Lots) is one of the two rabbinic festivals of the Jewish calendar, the other one being Chanukah. The additional five holy days of the Jewish year are the three Foot Festivals (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) and the two Days of Awe (New Year and the Day of… Read more »