Rabbi Elyse Goldstein gives readers a treasure in her new book, New Jewish Feminism. The thought-provoking essays in this volume are divided into sections that deal with topics as varied as theology, ritual, the synagogue, Israel, gender, sexuality, age, leadership, and social justice. Goldstein has brought together many of the best voices on these topics, including Judith Plaskow, Jill Hammer, Wendy Zierler, and Gail Labovitz. The essays are fascinating, thoughtful, and important. The authors contextualize the history of Jewish feminism as well as many of the issues currently alive in the Jewish world today. The contributions add depth and texture to the many ongoing conversations, explorations, and struggles related to these topics. Just as Goldstein has done in her other books, in this collection she is able to both teach and challenge in ways that open up new ideas and possibilities. Glossary, suggestions for further reading.
Hara E. Person was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a writer and editor.