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  • Reform Movement Accepts Transgender Rabbinical Student

    The Reform movement’s rabbinical seminary has accepted a transgendered person, paving the way for what is believed would be the first ordination of a rabbi to have switched genders. The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati confirmed this week that it accepted a male rabbinical school applicant who used to be a woman…. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World After Long Path, Female Rabbi Installed in German Community

    German Jewish leaders are hailing the installation of a female rabbi as another step forward for pluralism in the community. Last Friday, Rabbi Gesa Shira Ederberg was installed to serve the Jewish community in the Bavarian city of Weiden. Officiating at the event was Rabbi Joe Wernik of Jerusalem, president and director of the international… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Germany is about to get its second female rabbi. Gesa Shira Ederberg will be installed next month as leader of the small Jewish community of Weiden, in Bavaria. More ▸

  • Meeting in London, Women Rabbis Find Similarities Cut Across Borders

    The 100 women who gathered in London for a conference on female rabbis may have come from different countries, but they found that they face many of the same challenges. The four-day conference of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, which ended Wednesday, was the first held outside the United States, demonstrating the growing number and importance… More ▸

  • Looking to Prove Power of Sisterhood, German Jewish Women Form Network by Toby Axelrod

    They are architects, art historians, psychologists and academics. They are Jewish women. And they are in Germany. Until recently, that was all they had in common. But now these women have another tie that binds them: a German Jewish women’s network. “A Network of Jewish Women in Economics, Research, Media and Institutions” was launched this… More ▸

  • Reform Group Plans to Publish New Women’s Torah Commentary

    Amid a growing interest in Jewish women’s studies, a Reform group is commissioning what will be the most comprehensive women’s Torah commentary ever. Announced days before Shavuot, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah, the book will be written entirely by women and is expected to take about five years to complete. Edited by… More ▸

  • Conservative Movement Leader Discovered Joy of Judaism As Adult

    Had anyone told Judy Yudof when she was growing up in Philadelphia that she would one day become president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, she would have been surprised. After all, Yudof did not attend synagogue as a child — and she did not have a Bat Mitzvah. Yudof, 56, who was installed… More ▸

  • Orthodox Woman Wanted to Be Rabbi, but Finds Her Role As ‘religious Mentor’

    Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s in a Jewish enclave in the Bronx, Sharona Margolin Halickman longed to be doing the things her synagogue rabbis did. But her grandmother told her, "No, you’re Orthodox, you can’t be a rabbi," Halickman recalls. Now Halickman, the newly installed "madrichah ruchanit," or religious mentor, at the Hebrew… More ▸