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|15 Dec 2005 @ 17:12|
"Changing the world for the better takes passion, dedication, information, resources, timeliness and mutual support. Today's activists need to access all that faster than ever before, so Feminist.com puts it at our fingertips.” – Gloria Steinem
A DECADE ON THE INTERNET SERVING WOMEN AND GIRLS FEMINIST.COM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY DECEMBER 2005
December 15, 2005 - New York, NY – December 2005 marks the 10-year anniversary of Feminist.com, a thriving online community and the definitive hub for resources and information dedicated to women's equality, justice, wellness and safety. Today, Feminist.com maintains an ongoing and growing appeal, welcoming more than 75,000 visitors each month ! from all over the world, and tens of thousands of sites and search engines link to the site. Like a “feminist Google,” Feminist.com facilitates connections between women and the many, varied organizations serving their needs and interests worldwide.
In 1995, at a time when very few organizations - especially women’s organizations - had web sites, Feminist.com was launched by a group of twenty-something experts in the fields of activism, law, television, journalism, music, marketing and communications to initiate and facilitate grassroots mobilization and communication around political, health and educational issues related to women.
“When we launched Feminist.com the Internet was in its infancy and young women had few comprehensive resources to educate themselves about feminist issues and ideas, ” notes Marianne Schnall, Founder and President of Feminist.com. “I envisioned Feminist.com as a user-friendly space on the Internet w! here women could not only find information they were seeking but they could also connect to other women and women’s groups across the country and around the world.”
For the last ten years, Feminist.com has provided a pro bono web presence for numerous leading women’s organizations and continues to provide a web presence for nascent organizations as they launch, playing a vital role as their link to their constituencies and other interested parties. For groups that already have web sites of their own, Feminist.com helps spotlight and promote their specific campaigns and issues.
As a library, a promoter of activism, a networking engine, and an Internet “home” for women all over the world, Feminist.com advances women-friendly organizations, increases civic involvement, and promotes self-sufficiency, spiritual health and general wellness - always in keeping with the spirit of its mission of "Awareness, Education, Activism and Empowerment.”
Feminist.com has won countless awards for its! comprehensive content and resources, and has been reported on extensively in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Ms. Magazine for its dedication to promoting and sustaining women's well-being.
What the media are saying about Feminist.com: "FEMINIST.COM+WOMEN=POWER. You're a feminist lost in cyberspace; how do you cut through the endless wilds of data and find womyn-friendly space? Go to [link], the guiding light for progressive women on the Web." -- Ms. Magazine
“Check out Feminist.com for a nicely connected resource on a wide range of issues involving women -- activists or not. You’ll find everything from health and fitness reports to the latest news on what politicians are up to.” -- USA Today Online, “Net Sites of Note”
For more information or media inquiries about Feminist.com, please contact Susan Celia Swan/Mat! t Dunn at email@example.com or call 212-253-1823. www.feminist.com
| 15 Dec 2005 @ 02:11|
Kohenet Priestess Training Intensive
Rabbi Jill Hammer and Holly Taya Shere will be partnering to create a Jewish priestess training program, Kohenet: A Jewish Priestess Training Intensive, to begin sometime within the next year. Women who are interested in applying to the program should write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How We Define the Hebrew Priestess:
A Hebrew priestess is a woman who has chosen to serve the Jewish people through the practice of consciously embodying the Shekhinah, the indwelling Divine Presence. The priestess creates wherever she is a mishkan, a shrine of holiness where space, time, and soul come together in unity.
The Shekhinah is the feminine Divine, immanent soul of creation and transcendent womb of the universe. She is described in the mystical teachings of the Zohar as mother and bride, earth, sea, and apple orchard. She has many faces: some have shined in Jewish tradition for centuries, while others have been lost or erased. Through service, creativity, and fellowship, the Hebrew priestess seeks to recover the faces of the Hebrew Goddess and live them into being. She seeks to reclaim women’s wisdom across time, from before the beginning of the Jewish people to the present day.
The original priests of the Israelite tradition cared for the sacred spaces of the people and served as keepers of the connection of earth, season, and spirit. Kohenet seeks to reclaim skills pertaining to sacred space and sacred community . While the women who commit to the priestess way of life may do many kinds of work in the world, they will share the task of bringing together holy space, holy time, and holy ways of being.
The Hebrew priestess acknowledges the earth as her temple, for as the Zohar says, the Shekhinah dwells within the dust of the ground. Though the priestess is rooted in an ancient and specific tradition, she recognizes that she is related to all creation, and seeks to nurture and protect life. She observes the passing of seasons, new moons, and Sabbaths as celebrations of the cycles of nature. The Hebrew priestess, as a keeper of the sacred earth, attempts to reclaim for the Jewish people the nature-based and shamanic elements that lie within Jewish traditions, so that these teachings may serve and guide us.
The Kohenet training program is a two- to four-year course of sacred study through which women engage the Shekhinah’s archetypes through ritual, embodied practice, creative work, sacred story, and community. Initiates will learn traditional priestessing tools including ritual-making, dreaming, spirit-journeying, healing, chanting, divining, observation of the earth and seasons, holiday and Sabbath practice, and traditional mitzvot of lovingkindness. Each initiate will craft from these tools a rich and meaningful spiritual practice and a vision for how she will use her skills to serve others.
Two revelations in the wilderness lie at the core of the Jewish people’s spiritual experience. One is Sinai: the revelation of text, law, and covenant. The other is the mishkan: a portable shrine representing the earth, within which the Shekhinah reveals Herself. Jewish tradition for centuries has given primacy to the Sinai revelation. We believe it is time to re-invent the mishkan. We ask other women to join us on this transformative journey.