Woman Named Head of Rabbinical Body

One year after the Conservative movement ordained its first female rabbi in Israel, the association of Conservative rabbis here has elected a woman, Gila Dror, as its chairperson.

Dror, a divorcee and mother of three, was born in Petach Tikvah and raised in an Orthodox home.

Speaking on Israel Radio, she termed her election “a revolution, a step forward. This is the first time, as far as I am aware, that a woman will be heading a rabbinical body anywhere.”

There are 140 Conservative rabbis in Israel, she said, adding that she did not consider her election as a demonstration or a provocation. “I have worked in Israel for four years and worked with all my heart for the association,” she said.

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