About Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Editor-in-chief of Zeek magazine, available at www.jewcy.com/zeek and also at www.zeek.net .She is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (www.righteousindignation.info) and the mom of Zoe.

Zeek Bids Farewell

By September 18, 2009

The start of one new year necessarily means the end of the old. To say so, however, is to create a dyad of old/new, casting the previous year in the unflattering light of irrelevance and decay. More accurate to say … Read More

Jewish in the Wilderness

By September 17, 2009

The voice on the other end of the phone was completely incredulous, "How could a decent Jewish girl, a rabbi no less! be living out in the middle of nowhere?!"  I had sent a box of the CDs I produce … Read More

Where are the Jewish Men? An Interview with Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein

By September 14, 2009

Just in time for the holidays, Zeek editor Jo Ellen Green Kaiser talks to B’nai Jeshurun leader Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein about the declining role of men in congregational Judaism. Born in Buenos Aires in 1954, Marcelo Bronstein was educated in … Read More

Fiction: The Rov’s Legacy

By September 11, 2009

"Your life takes precedence." Jacob Lamdan looked up from the heavily used volume of Gemara, the Babylonian Talmud, lying on his desk. "That’s it. Your life."  Jay stared across the desk. "I know. It’s a famous Gemara, but…." Jay boyishly … Read More

Lonely Man of Faith: Soloveitchik

By September 4, 2009

Modern Orthodoxy: to many non-Orthodox Jews, this phrase is simply a contradiction in terms. How, after all, could the belief in divine authorship of the Tanakh be compatible with "modern" ways of looking at the world, "modern theoretical" frameworks through … Read More

The Ram’s Horn: A Midrash for Elul

By August 25, 2009

On the second day of Rosh haShanah, the Torah reading tells the story of the binding of Isaac, in which a ram is sacrificed.  The ram’s horn or shofar is also a central part of the ritual: the sounds of … Read More

The Henna Ceremony

By August 20, 2009

Zeek is pleased to present this excerpt from the forthcoming book, The House of Secrets, an inside look at the mikveh and its rituals, by Varda Polak-Sahm. This section focuses on a henna ceremony practiced mainly by Sephardi and Mizrahi … Read More

Outrage: Memorial for LGBT Teens

By August 3, 2009

Gregg Drinkwater  of Jewish Mosaic has taken photos of an August 2, 2009 rally in Jerusalem mourning the slaying of two young LGBTQ youth in Tel Aviv. On August 1, a masked murderer entered a Tel Aviv community center and … Read More