JERUSALEM (Jun. 22)
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.