Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, based in New York City. T'ruah mobilizes 1800 rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with tens of thousands of Jewish community members, to protect human rights in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the occupied territories. Read more at: www.truah.org.
I had only just met this woman, and our conversation, as I heard it, went like this:
Her: What do you do?
Me: I'm a rabbi. I direct a national Jewish human rights organization that. . .
Her: No,…no—when are you due? Me: Oh. Beginning of July. Her: That's so wonderful! Do you know what you're having? Is it your first? How are you feeling? And so on. Since I've become visibly pregnant with my second child, I've often felt that others perceive me not as a capable CEO and religious leader, but… >> Read More
As I enter my final few weeks of pregnancy, I sometimes worry about ordering a cup of coffee. Too often, the barista responds, "Decaf?" or a stranger within earshot wonders aloud whether I'm…"allowed" to drink that. It's not just coffee. When I was pregnant with my daughter, a waitress balked at my husband and my order of labneh, and a co-worker expressed shock that I was eating sushi (never mind that I'm vegetarian, and the sushi in question involved avocados and cucumbers). Though a private matter, pregnancy… >> Read More
On my way out of an important meeting, I work up the nerve to ask to use a private room. Moments later, I am sitting on the floor of a strange office, listening to the whoosh of the breast pump…while staring at a crumpled and milk-stained picture of my daughter. So much for magazine images of a pastel-clad mother and baby snuggling in a rocking chair. But later at home, I’m cuddling again with my daughter as she suckles her "dinner" with enthusiasm. I forget the weight of the Medela and transport myself into… >> Read More