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  • 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 ▸

  • Disaffected Cantors Forming New Group for Traditionalists

    Cantors unhappy with the liberal trend in the Conservative movement and a shift to the right in the Orthodox community have decided to establish a professional organization they hope will meet their needs better than the existing Orthodox and Conservative associations. A group of the disaffected cantors met in Toronto during the last week of… More ▸

  • Despite Traditionalist Defection, Cantors Group Admits Women Members

    After three years of often divisive debate and the formation of a splinter group of cantors unhappy with what it sees as the group’s liberal bent, the Conservative movement’s Cantors Assembly inducted its first women members this month. Fourteen women were welcomed into the professional organization at its 44th annual convention by Cantor Samuel Rosenbaum,… More ▸

  • 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 ▸