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  • Cohen Cites Torah As ‘authority’ for Ordination of Women Rabbis

    Dr. Gerson Cohen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, cited the Torah as his “authority” for ordaining women as Conservative rabbis. Addressing 2,000 delegates at the biennial national convention of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism here last week, Cohen cited the scholar Saadia, who taught that in every age, the Sanhedrin or… More ▸

  • Conservative Cantors Told to Prepare for Women Colleagues

    Cantors attending the annual convention of the Cantors Assembly, the association of Conservative cantors, were urged to prepare for changes in the Conservative movement which would give an equal role to women as rabbis and cantors. “Let us not fight these signs of growth in our movement,” said Cantor Ivan Perlman of Providence, R.I., who… More ▸

  • 17 Women Will Be Ordained As Reform Rabbis This Month and Next

    The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) announced today the names of the 17 women who will be ordained as Reform rabbis this month and next. However, the total number of such women ordained to date is expected to be 92, rather than 94, because two Reconstructionist women candidates will not be ordained this… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Number of Women Rabbis Nears the 100 Mark in June Graduations

    There are currently 17 women rabbinical students in the final year of their Reform studies and two women candidates in their final year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) whose expected ordination next summer will bring to 94 the total number of American women ordained as rabbis since such ordination began 11 years ago, according… More ▸

  • Conservative Judaism Leaders Differ on JTS Move to Admit Women to JTS Rabbinical School for Ordinati

    Rabbinical and lay leaders of Conservative Judaism expressed opposing viewpoints on the decision of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America faculty to admit women to the JTS Rabbinical School for ordination, but more support than opposition apparently was voiced. The discussion of the ordination of women as Conservative rabbis took place last week at the… More ▸

  • Highlights of the Year 5743

    During the remainder of the year 5743, the American Jewish community sponsored a memorable gathering in Washington for thousands of Holocaust survivors from the United States and Canada. The Central Conference of American Rabbis issued a controversial resolution on the status of Jewish-born children of mixed marriages. Jewish students at Harvard University were in an… More ▸