Unfortunately, this can’t be a long post seeing as Calculus homework awaits, but I just want to give a quick shout-out to the Jewish Renewal movement. I was at synagogue last Friday night and, upon looking at the back of the prayer booklet, I found a detailed web that traces the progression of various Jewish movements and denominations (note: the two are not synonymous). The synagogue I attend is affiliated with the Jewish Renewal movement and is post-denominational. Jewish Renewal was created to, according to Tikkun,
“[Jewish Renewal is] breathing through the work of social justice organizations like Peace Now, gay and lesbian synagogues, and Jewish feminist collectives, as well as through activism that is happening within all the different movements (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, etc.) of Judaism.”
It is not surprising then that the arrow descending from “Jewish feminism” on the web placed itself directly on Jewish Renewal. This is an all-inclusive movement I’m totally behind and – because of its progressive ideals, egalitarian theology, and liturgy – I believe it can progress Judaism so that acceptance and equal opportunity arise.