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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 ▸

  • Germany’s Liberal Jewish Community Celebrates Anniversary, Acceptance

    The anniversary of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in the city where it held its first congress 75 years ago, is being seen as evidence that liberal Judaism has earned a place at the table in Germany’s traditional Jewish community. The four-day Berlin conference, which began on July 10 with an event in the… More ▸

  • Rabbis Come to Berlin on Program Seeking to Build U.s.-german Bridge

    They may be used to answering tough questions, but few American rabbis have faced a room full of German teen-agers curious about everything from theology to politics. “Why aren’t you wearing that cap?” “What does it mean to be chosen, if one can decide to be Jewish?” “I am amazed to see a female rabbi!”… More ▸

  • 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 ▸