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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸