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  • 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 ▸

  • 74 Women Studying for Rabbinate Under Reform, Reconstructionist Auspices

    The number of women studying for she rabbinate under Reform and Reconstructionist auspices during the 1979-80 academic year is 74, one less than the record total of 75 enrolled during the prior academic year, according to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey. However, unlike the 1978-79 year, when, out of a total of 13 women candidates… More ▸

  • At Hofstra: the Rabbi is a Woman

    Jewish students at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, have a new chaplain. She is Rabbi Bonnie Steinberg, a 27-year-old alumna of Brandeis University and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Steinberg is the second woman rabbi to become director of a B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at a university campus. The first woman… More ▸

  • 22 Women Now Ordained As Rabbis Most of Them Do Not Have Pulpits

    The nine women ordained as Reform rabbis and the two ordained as Reconstructionist rabbis last June brought to 22 the total number of Reform and Reconstructionist women earning the title since such ordinations began in 1972, a Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey indicated today but only nine have pulpit posts. That total will be increased to… More ▸

  • Woman Rabbi Ready for Task

    Rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman of the Beth Israel Congregation in Coatesville, Pa., is the first woman to hold such a position in a Conservative synagogue. Holtzman, 27, a recent graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, spoke with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about her reasons for becoming a rabbi. Holtzman said that Judaism… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi Elected to Lead Congregation

    Rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman, a 1979 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia, has been elected as spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation, Coatesville, Pa., it was announced by Newton Duitch, president of the 55-year-old Conservative congregation. The 110 member-family congregation thus becomes the only synagogue in North America to have a woman… More ▸