Women

  • Rabbinical Assembly Goes on Record Against Patrilineal Descent

    The Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement put itself officially on record Monday as opposed to the so-called “patrilineal descent.” The action came in the form of a vote on a resolution proposed by its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) and after a long discussion at its annual convention here. The resolution stated… More ▸

  • Annual Survey: 20 Women to Be Ordained As Rabbis Next Month, Bringing the Total Number of American W

    The total of American women rabbis is expected to reach 130 in June when 20 women will be ordained as Reconstructionist, Conservative and Reform spiritual leaders, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s annual survey. The Reconstructionist movement will ordain seven women as rabbis in graduation ceremonies June 1 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. Six… More ▸

  • Second Conservative Woman Rabbi to Be Ordained by JTS

    In a development similar to one which enabled Amy Eilberg to be ordained in May 1985 as the first Conservative woman rabbi, another woman rabbinical candidate will be ordained in graduation exercises at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) on May 11 as the second Conservative woman rabbi, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned…. More ▸

  • Annual Survey of the Appointment of Women Rabbis

    Most of the 18 women ordained last summer as rabbis — including the first Conservative woman rabbi — have been appointed by congregations as assistant rabbis, according to reports to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in its annual survey of such appointments. Data on the appointments was obtained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; the Hebrew Union… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA the Fate of the Jewish People

    The multiplicity of denominations within the Jewish religion enhances Jewish options. But the recent trend toward polarization and increased interdenominational clashes within Judaism is jeopardizing the ideological pluralism in Jewish life. This condition was examined at a symposium last week presented by the faculty of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL). Addressing… More ▸

  • Leading Orthodox Rabbi Protests Scheduled Bar Mitzvah in Cracow

    A leading Orthodox rabbi today urged the Jewish community in Cracow, Poland, to prevent a scheduled Bar Mitzvah there because the ceremony is to be officiated by a Reform woman rabbi. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of North America, telegraphed Tzeslav Jakubowicz, head of the Cracow Jewish community, seeking to… More ▸

  • First Jewish Woman Chaplain Hails ‘invaluable’ Chance

    Student-rabbi Julie Schwartz, the first Jewish woman to be sworn into the United States armed forces as a military chaplain, has expressed the view that “it’s very exciting to see women rabbis move into all aspects of religious life.” Her comment was reported in the current issue of the “Chronicle,” the publication of the Hebrew… More ▸

  • First Woman Rabbi in Israel is Performing Congregational Duties

    The first woman rabbi in Israel — Kinneret Shirion — is performing congregational duties for the Reform movement’s Community Synagogue in Ramat Aviv, a Tel Aviv suburb, but she is doing so without recognition from the Orthodox rabbinical establishment, which is a government agency. The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism said that Shirion, 30 ,… More ▸