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  • Commission Recommends Ordination of Women in Conservative Judaism

    The recommendation that “qualified women be ordained as rabbis in the Conservative Movement” was submitted tonight to the 79th annual convention of The Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative rabbis. The recommendation was contained in the Final Report of the Commission for the Study of the Ordination of Women as Rabbis, composed of 14… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi Resigns from Post

    The first woman rabbi in American history, Sally Preisand, confirmed reports she had resigned as associate rabbi of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, her first and only pulpit since she was ordained as a Reform rabbi. Declaring her six years in the Stephen Wise Synagogue had been a worthwhile experience, she declined comment on a… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Women in the Conservative Rabbinate

    Members of the Rabbinical Assembly will decide at their 97th annual convention Jan. 28-Feb. I to be held in Los Angeles whether or not women are to become spiritual leaders within the Conservative movement. Their momentous decision will be based on recommendations made by the Commission for the Study of the Ordination of Women as… More ▸

  • More Lay Involvement in Reform Synagogues Urged for Viability

    Reform congregational leaders have been told that greater involvement of lay people in all elements of the synagogue’s services and programs could assure their future viability and benefit both Israel and American Jewish life. Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, also told 600 representatives of the UAHC’s New York… More ▸

  • United Synagogue of America Refuses to Endorse Mercaz As Expressing Conservative View in Zionist Mov

    The United Synagogue of America, the congregational arm of Conservative Judaism, refused today to endorse “Mercaz,” a Zionist organization recently founded to express the aims of the Conservative movement within the Zionist movement in America. The biennial convention, attended by 2000 delegates from 830 congregations in the United States and Canada, after a long and… More ▸

  • UJA Women’s Divisions Launch Drive

    Four thousand women from New York’s five boroughs and Westchester and Long Island suburbs rallied in the New York Hilton to launch the 1972 campaign of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York. They started the 35th annual independent women’s drive for the contributions of women in support of the… More ▸

  • 500 Jews in 5-day Fast

    An estimated 500 American Jews took part in a five-day “fast for life” in the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, to protest the war in Vietnam and the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in Munich, the major American Reform agencies reported today. Led by 100 Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis, the fasters were… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi Becomes Assistant at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

    Dr. Edward E. Klein, senior rabbi of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, announced today that Rabbi Sally Priesand, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi, has been appointed assistant rabbi of the synagogue, a congregation of 750 families. Dr. Klein said, “Rabbi Priesand was selected because of her dedication to the ministry and her… More ▸