women rabbis

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    Male rabbis in the Conservative movement are paid more and occupy more senior positions than female rabbis, according to a new study. The movement’s Rabbinical Assembly surveyed 177 rabbis ordained since 1985 and found that the gender discrepancy can be explained only in part by family-status issues. More ▸

  • In a First, Orthodox Shul Hires Woman to Rule on Certain Jewish Legal Issues

    For centuries, observant Jewish women had to go to the only religious authorities available, male rabbis, when they had questions about perhaps the most intimate of issues: their sex lives. But now there is a female Orthodox legal expert on American soil trained to respond to women’s issues such as mikvah, menstrual cycles and couples’… More ▸

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    Rabbi Julia Neuberger is to become the first female rabbi — and the second rabbi of either gender — to serve in Britain’s House of Lords. A health care activist, Neuberger joins the upper chamber of the United Kingdom’s legislature for the Liberal Democrat Party. The director general of Britain’s central Jewish group said he… More ▸

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    Some 100 Christians and several Jewish leaders attended a joint Passover seder in Rio de Janeiro. The April 1 seder was held in Rio’s largest synagogue and led by Brazil’s only woman rabbi. Rabbi Sandra Kochmann, the assistant spiritual leader of the 1,000-family Reform temple ARI, discussed the meaning of Passover and each of the… More ▸

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    Germany has a new female rabbi. In a recent ceremony and reception at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Elisa Klapheck, 41, was welcomed into the clerical world by an ecumenical crowd that reflected her own activism and engagement in religious, social and political spheres. More ▸

  • Yoffie Calls for Greater Links Among Reform Jews

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone. That was the message at the Reform movement’s 67th biennial here last week. Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe, and fight anti-Semitism by forging closer ties to Christians, said the movement’s president, Rabbi… More ▸

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    A rabbi who recently took up a post in Scotland is believed to be that country’s first female rabbi. Nancy Morris, 41, the spiritual leader at the Glasgow New Synagogue, is a native of Montreal who received her ordination from London’s Leo Baeck College. More ▸

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    Brazil’s first female rabbi took up her post at Rio de Janeiro’s largest synagogue. During last Friday’s Shabbat-evening services, Paraguayan-born Sandra Kochmann, 31, a Conservative rabbi, joined Reform Rabbi Sergio Margulies at the helm of the 1,000-family Associacao Religiosa Isrealita, in Rio de Janeiro. Some 900 people attended the ceremony at the synagogue, which was… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbinical Assembly to Launch Survey on Women Rabbis

    Are women rabbis hitting the stained-glass ceiling? That’s one of the questions to be asked in a new study by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which is undertaking the first study of Conservative women rabbis since the movement began ordaining them in 1985, JTA has learned. “Overall in society, it’s clear that women’s advancement in… More ▸