I was distressed to open my print copy of The Jewish Link this past Shabbat to view two ads featuring the erasure of women. The Bnot Beit Yaakov ad (page 50) named honorees “Rabbi and Mrs. Menachem Friedman” and only included the gentleman’s photo. The Yeshivas Ohr V’daas ad (page 52) listed “Guests of Honor: Mr. and Mrs. Neil and Aviva Zelman” and “Parents of the Year: Mr. and Mrs. Mechel and Faigy Morgenstern” and only included the gentlemen’s photos.
In publishing the ads, The Jewish Link becomes complicit in the ongoing erasure of women’s images in Jewish publications. The position that The Jewish Link has in New Jersey imbues it with the voice and power to be a true agent for change. The Jewish community that you represent and that you serve does not want its women deleted. I sincerely hope that you will enact policies to ensure that this does not happen in the future.Pam Greenwood