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  • Women Rabbis Celebrate Sixteen Years of Conservative Ordination

    Streaming down the hallway from the Jewish Theological Seminary cafeteria Sunday night came an unusual sound: some 100 female voices, undisturbed by tenor or bass, joyously singing the blessing after meals. Not only did all the voices belong to women, but almost all belonged to rabbis or rabbinical students. It was a significant moment in… More ▸

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    Conservative women rabbis have “transformed the Jewish world,” one of the rabbis’ leading supporters said at a gathering celebrating their contributions. Francine Klagsbrun, a writer and member of a commission that pushed during the 1980s for ordaining Conservative women rabbis, spoke Sunday at a two-day, all-women gathering in New York. More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbis Reject Discrimination Against Women

    Ten years after the Conservative movement ordained its first woman rabbi, rabbis in the movement have passed a resolution rejecting discrimination against their female colleagues. The resolution, passed Monday at the 95th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly, acknowledges discrimination against women in their congregational jobs, including less pay for the same work. The resolution… More ▸

  • Camp’s Decision to Censor Magazine Illustrates Rift Among Conservatives

    Canada’s Conservative Jews have long been discomfited by the willingness of their colleagues south of the border to ordain women. And recently, some refused to be good campers about it. The Canadian arm of the Conservative movement’s camp system refused to distribute the Summer 1994 issue of "Ramah — the Magazine" because it included an… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Berlin Synagogue Encounters Problems in Finding New Rabbi

    Help wanted: Two rabbis needed in major metropolitan city, one for a Conservative synagogue, the other to coordinate youth programs. Salary well above average pay at American synagogues. Women need not apply. Professional requirements: Must speak German and be willing to live in Germany. The last requirement may well provide the Jewish community of Berlin… More ▸

  • For 1st Native Israeli Woman Rabbi, Quest for Acceptance is Not So Easy

    A Jerusalem mother of four made history Wednesday, when she became the first Israeli-born woman to receive rabbinical ordination. Maya Lebovich’s ordination at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College is “a landmark,” said Michael Klein, dean of HUC’s Israeli campus. “While the Reform movement in the U.S. has ordained more than 200 woman during the… More ▸

  • Israel’s First Female Rabbi Asks ‘why Not?’ Instead of ‘why?’

    Naamah Kelman seemed destined to marry a rabbi, not become one. Although she grew up in a family of rabbis, Kelman thought until recently that becoming a rabbi in Israel was not a career option for her. But on July 23, at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, Naamah Kelman became Rabbi… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi in Israel Ordained by Reform Movement

    The first woman ever to become a rabbi in Israel was ordained last week in Jerusalem. The ordination of Naamah Kelman, 37, was a historic step and brings to 11 the number of Reform rabbis ordained in Israel. Kelman is the most recently ordained member of an illustrious family which has produced rabbinic leadership for… More ▸