'The women are coming': The transformation of gender relationships in a gay synagogue

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Abstract

The social context of women's entrance into positions of spiritual and organizational leadership in a formerly male-dominated New York gay and lesbian synagogue is presented. The paper explores the intricacies of women's investment with authority in the public forum, and the reactions of men to the 'intrusion' into 'their' space - from resentment and protest to active acceptance. Circumstances that maintain the exclusion of women from hierarchies of organizational power, or promote their inclusion, are inquired into.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-26
Number of pages22
JournalEthnos
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2001

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Homosexuality
  • Judaism
  • Religion
  • York

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