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A group of 41 Afghan women and their families were rescued from Taliban-ruled Kabul in a successful mission that brought them safely to Abu Dhabi, September 2021. Credit: IsraAID.

Former rescuer of Soviet Jews helps bring Afghan women to freedom

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A group of 41 Afghan women and their families were rescued from Taliban-ruled Kabul last week in a successful mission that brought them safely to Abu Dhabi. Among them were athletes, including members of the...
Miss Universe contestants walk on stage during the Miss Universe 2018 preliminary round. Credit: Shutterstock.

70th Miss Universe contest set for resort city of Eilat

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The 70th Miss Universe pageant is slated to be held in December in the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat, announced the Miss Universe Organization. The three-hour televised event will again be hosted by Steve...
IDF Lt. Col. G., the first deputy chief of Israel's elite Unit 8200, the Military Intelligence Directorate's main information-gathering unit. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Top IDF intelligence unit gets its first female deputy commander

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The Military Intelligence Directorate on Sunday appointed the first female deputy chief of Unit 8200, the directorate’s main information-gathering unit. Lt. Col. G., who will be promoted to full colonel for her new position, has...
Leah Goldstein. Source: Facebook.

Jewish Canadian becomes first woman to win ultra-distance Race Across America

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A Jewish Canadian cyclist became the first woman to win the overall solo division of Race Across America (RAAM), the ultra-distance cycling competition, reported The Times of Israel. Leah Goldstein, 52, crossed the RAAM finish line...
The four women who earned their IAF wings last week. Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Israeli Air Force welcomes fifth-ever female fighter pilot

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Four women and 35 men received their Israeli Air Force wings last week at a graduation ceremony in Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev Desert. The newly minted IAF pilots include the first woman...
Participants of the kibbutz female leadership program meet with the Kibbutz Movement’s Secretary-General Nir Meir (in blue). Credit: Hilit Ben Zvi.

An extra leadership edge for women on kibbutz

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Israel’s kibbutzim have always been at the forefront of equality, with women working the land, taking part in leadership and generally viewed to be just as capable as their male counterparts. And yet, most of...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

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Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
From left: Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval, Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes and Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis. Photo by Gershon Ellinson.

Graduation marks new class of leaders in Jewish law

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The Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) of the Ohr Torah Stone network commemorated the graduation of its 2021 class, attended by hundreds of family and friends. Three women—Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes, Rabbanit...
Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, who was recently named interim dean of the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the conservative movement’s flagship seminary. Credit: Courtesy.

First woman dean of JTS believes in bringing competing interests together

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Before she entered the rabbinate, Jan Uhrbach was a litigator who yearned for work that aligned with her deepest values, including her spirituality. “The law is combative, especially litigation, and I wanted to make a...
A participant in the Jerusalem College of Technology LevTech Entrepreneurship Center’s fourth annual women’s hackathon, May 2021. Credit: Jerusalem College of Technology.

Women’s hackathon students develop image-processing technology to improve lives

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Nearly 25 percent of senior citizens in Israel live alone, causing a potentially fatal situation when one of them falls and needs immediate assistance. To help solve this problem, a group of religious women taking part...