Is Reform Judaism Becoming Feminized?

“Where have the men gone?” asked reporter Rachel Zoll in an Associated Press story appearing in the Washington Post. Zoll presented data that females outnumber males in leadership positions in the Reform movement, the most liberal branch of Judaism.

“Men just don’t know where they fit in,” she quoted Doug Barden as saying. He’s the executive director of the movement’s brotherhoods. Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, told Zoll that “Women have become very involved. To see that as a threat to men Is an extremely, extremely dangerous way of looking at it.”