Women

  • France Gets a Female Rabbi

    France has its first woman rabbi. Pauline Bebe, a 26-year-old mother of two will assume rabbinical duties at the Liberal movement synagogue here on Sept. 1, shortly before the High Holidays. The congregation of some 1,200 families an island of Liberal Judaism in a city where affiliated Jews are overwhelmingly Orthodox. Bebe completed her studies… More ▸

  • Reform Panel Recommends Allowing Gays and Lesbians to Serve As Rabbis

    Qualified gay and lesbian rabbis should be allowed to serve as full-fledged members of the Reform rabbinate, without discrimination or restrictions, a panel of Reform rabbis has concluded. The Central Conference of American Rabbis, an association of 1,557 Reform rabbis in the United States, will consider whether to adopt the panel’s recommendations at its convention… More ▸

  • Tikkun Conferees Seek a Voice to Counter Jewish Mainstream

    When 1,500 Jewish progressives gathered here this week for a three-day conference, no votes were taken and no leaders were elected. Nevertheless, the Tikkun conference, sponsored by the liberal, Oakland-based Jewish magazine, took on the air of a political convention. Wild applause saluted stump speeches by such stars of the Jewish and political left as… More ▸

  • Cantors Assembly Votes 97-95 to Reject Women As Members

    In a historic decision, the Conservative movement’s Cantors Assembly voted Tuesday to reject a move to admit qualified women members. The vote was 97-95 against admitting women awarded the degree of hazzan (cantor) by the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Cantors Institute into the ranks of the world’s largest professional body of cantors. A two-thirds vote was… More ▸

  • Annual Survey of Women Ordained As Rabbis

    Four of the nine woman ordained as Reform rabbis last summer have been appointed assistant rabbis and the two women ordained as Reconstructionist rabbis have been placed as solo rabbis, according to the annual Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey of such placements. Solo rabbis is the term used to describe spiritual leaders of congregations which are… More ▸

  • Annual Survey: 11 New Women Rabbis This Summer

    Eleven women are being ordained this summer as Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis, bringing to 141 the number of women ordained since the process began in the Reform movement in 1972. In its annual survey of these ordinations, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was told that the Conservative movement did not ordain any women at graduation ceremonies… More ▸

  • Special Survey the Placement of Women Rabbis

    Five of the 20 women ordained as Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis last May and June have been placed as assistant rabbis and four have been named as solo rabbis, according to the annual Jewish Telegraphic Agency survey of such placements. Solo rabbis is a term indicating that a synagogue is too small to either… More ▸

  • Rca Assailed by Reform Leader on Withdrawal from Jwb Chaplaincy Panel

    Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform institution, charged here that the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America had opposed endorsement by the JWB Chaplaincy Commission of a rabbi to be a Jewish chaplain in the armed forces because the rabbi is a woman. The Rabbinical Council, at its… More ▸