Denominations

Interfaith

Intermarriage and the American Jewish Community

Once taboo, "marrying out" is now commonplace and — outside Orthodoxy — widely accepted.

Denominations

Women Rabbis: A History of the Struggle for Ordination

While the Reform movement was theoretically in favor of women's ordination as far back as 1922, it was not until 50 years later that the first women was ordained as a rabbi in North America.

Denominations

The Jewish Denominations

A quick look at Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist Judaism — and at other Jewish streams.

Who Is a Jew: Patrilineal Descent

When Dad is Jewish and Mom is not, are the kids Jewish? Depends on who you ask.

Alternative Ketubah Texts

Couples can often choose a ketubah text that reflects their values and goals.

Types of Jews

The many ethnic and religious subgroups within the Jewish community.

Mehitzah: Separate Seating in the Synagogue

A curtain or other divider separates men and women while they pray in some synagogues.

Hasidic Movement: A History

The founding and flourishing of Hasidism.

Chabad Today

The Lubavitcher Hasidic movement continues to grow, influence extending far beyond Jewish Orthodoxy.

Orthodox Judaism in America

A history of Orthodox Judaism from World War II on.

Reconstructionist Judaism Today

Reconstructionist Judaism matures under new leadership.

Orthodox Feminism For The 21st Century

A founder of the Orthodox feminist movement discusses issues confronting the movement now and in the future

Sally Priesand: First American Female Rabbi

Ordained in 1972 by the Reform movement, she opened the field to women.

Reconstructionist Judaism and the Rejection of Chosen People

According to Reconstructionism's founder, the idea of chosenness divides peoples from each other and should be rejected, not reinterpreted.

Kashrut & Reform Judaism

A look at what, if any, aspects of this practice are relevant for modern Reform Jews.