You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado

Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She recently completed a Masters in Non-Profit Management from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Jewish Studies from NYU’s department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies part-time. She writes at Redefining Rebbetzin and is pursuing a career in Jewish communal service.

Blog posts

Sara Hurwitz

We Begin to Become a Multitude

This was the first time that Orthodox women were ordained in an institutional setting. There was a profound sense that not only was this a big moment for the three women getting ordained, but also for the men who trained them. I could hear the pride in Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the Rosh HaYeshiva’s voice, and how much this meant to Rabbi Avi Weiss. In particular, Rabbi Weiss emphasized the desire to give a professionally recognized title to these women (even if it is Maharat, rather than Rabba), and the absolute necessity of the support of the male rabbis who have welcomed these women into their congregations. For Rabba Sara, I had the profound sense that she was creating an exciting new cohort of colleagues for herself. It’s one thing to be a groundbreaker, but totally another to bring others along with you, to create a system and a path for future generations. 

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. " Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado ." (Viewed on September 18, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/author/jessica-cavanagh-melhado>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Sign Up for JWA eNews

 

Poll

Which topics pique your interest on the JWA blog?

Twitter

14 hr
Another day, another Genius Grant http://t.co/FL9kGrPT4d
19 hr
Today in 1984, B'nai B'rith Women denounced B'nai B'rith International http://t.co/aTNOxP2niJ
1 day
Today in 1990, writer Amy K. Blank died. http://t.co/eF5a8sWimZ