Arts camp, the latest research, a very fast woman…and more, 17.11.2019

Description: Soldiers and women socializing at the 65th Street J.W.B. Club, New York City, circa 1942
Digitized by the Gruss Lipper Digital Laboratory at the Center for Jewish History –

Read about Camp Maor – an Orthodox performing arts sleepaway camp for Jewish girls ages 9-15 that “builds artistic technique, confidence and lifelong friendships.” These young girls are likely to join the increasing number of talented women who are singing in public, challenging the notion of ‘kol isha.’

Research on the Modern Orthodox community by Nishma – among the key findings are that the top issues raised by those who want changes within Modern Orthodoxy are increased roles for women and acceptance of LGBTQ. But the same two issues (with dissenting views) are at the top of the list among those opposed to change and who think tradition is not being sufficiently preserved. Thus, Modern Orthodoxy is being stretched by what are seen as both positive and negative views and values of secular society. Further, more than one-third (34%) believe “there is no longer a single, cohesive Modern Orthodox community. Modern Orthodoxy should acknowledge this and would perhaps be better off splitting into separate camps.”

The most recent issue of Melila, the Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies focuses on Gender in Jewish Studies – so if you’re looking for a more academic approach to the topic, it’s worth a look – and you can download it for free.

Interested in head covering in the Muslim community? In London on the 18th November? Nisa-Nashim is hosting an evening of Jewish and Muslim women discussing hair covering. Should be very interesting. Details here.

I do go to the gym most days, but Beatie Deutsch takes it to another level….if you haven’t come across this talented Orthodox athlete, it’s worth reading this piece about her commitment to her faith and her running.