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Another Step Towards Messianic Women Rabbis

I just returned from Hartford, Connecticut where I attended three days of annual business meetings for the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC). As in years past, this year’s meetings introduced further discussions and decisions on matters of great importance to … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Voice

Rabbi Regina Jonas In 1972, when Sally Priesand was ordained at the Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, she was mistakenly referred to as the “first female rabbi ever.” She was indeed the first woman ordained in America, but not “ever” … Continue reading

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A Global Day of Jewish Learning

Today Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz completed his monumental translation of the Talmud into Modern Hebrew – a feat begun 45 years ago. Nearly 400 communities around the world joined together today for a global day of Jewish Learning to mark this … Continue reading

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What do we call a woman rabbi?

The question in Israel this week … is what to call a woman Rabbi? According to the Jerusalem Post hundreds of Orthodox and religious women gathered in Israel for a conference on women and women’s issues within Orthodoxy. The conference … Continue reading

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Women in Early Judaism

During the Second Temple period in ancient Israel, women were able to actively participate within the larger society, both socially and religiously. Women served as leaders of synagogues, participated in ritual services, learned and taught Jewish law, were counted in … Continue reading

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More Orthodox women rabbis?

The prospect of more women serving as Orthodox rabbis is just around the corner. A recent article in The Forward discusses the opening of a new yeshiva that plans to train women as Orthodox clergy. Interestingly, however, graduates will not … Continue reading

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First African-American woman rabbi should challenge us

On June 6th, Alysa Stanton will become the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi and will lead a congregation in North Carolina. Stanton, a convert to Judaism, is a mother to an adopted 14 year old daughter and … Continue reading

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