Women

  • 12 Women to Be Ordained As Reform and 2 As Reconstructionist Rabbis

    The 12 women scheduled to be ordained this month and in June as Reform rabbis and the two who will be named as Reconstructionist rabbis in June will bring to 61 the total number of women named Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis since the practice of ordaining women was begun in 1972, according to an annual… More ▸

  • 18 Women Ordained As Reform and Reconstructionist Rabbis

    The 14 women scheduled to be ordained this month and in June as Reform rabbis and the four who became Reconstructionist rabbis this month bring to 47 the total number of women designated as Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis since 1972, according to an annual Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey. The 47 include 37 Reform and 10… More ▸

  • Growth of Number of Women Rabbis Continues This Year

    A record total of 82 women are studying for the rabbinate in Reform and Reconstructionist seminaries during the current academic year, according to an annual Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey. Four of the seven women who were ordained as Reform rabbis last June have been placed in pulpits. Two were placed in non-pulpit pasts and one… More ▸

  • Canada Gets First Woman Rabbi

    Joan Friedman, 27, of Marblehead, Mass. has been appointed assistant rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple here, the first woman rabbi in Canada. Rabbi Friedman was ordained June I in graduation ceremonies in New York City of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Richard Lorie, president of the synagogue, said Rabbi Friedman will begin her… More ▸

  • Ordination of Women As Rabbis is High on the RA Convention Agenda

    The Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, opened its 80th annual convention at the Concord Hotel here today with the controversial issue of the ordination of women high on the agenda. Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, executive vice president of the organization, referred to it in his opening address when he urged the 600 delegates… More ▸

  • Quest Continues for Women to Be Ordained As Rabbis

    Some 100 members of a new organization seeking to persuade the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) to accept women as rabbinical candidates for Conservative Judaism met here last night in the second public action by the group for that goal. Elaine Kahn of New York, one of the six coordinators of… More ▸

  • JTS Head Says Ordination of Women Rabbis is Still on Agenda

    Dr. Gerson Cohen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, declared that the vote last month by a majority of the seminary’s Faculty Senate to table a proposal to admit women to the seminary as rabbinical candidates “must not be taken as a defeat of the idea of women in the rabbinate” and he… More ▸