Elisa Klapheck, born in Düsseldorf (Germany) in 1962, studied political science while simultaneously pursuing independent studies of Torah and Talmud. She was a journalist for the German newspapers Tagesspiegel and Taz and, later, also for radio and television. In May 1999 she was one of the organizers of Bet Debora Berlin, a conference of European female rabbis, cantors, scholars, and rabbinically-educated Jews in Berlin. Her book Fräulein Rabbiner Jonas—Kann die Frau das rabbinische Amt bekleiden? contains both a biography and an edition of Regina Jonas’s thesis. Within the framework of the Jewish women’s organization Bet Debora—Frauenperspektiven im Judentum and other Jewish organizations, Klapheck worked for the renewal of Jewish life in Germany and Europe. Since May 2005, Klapheck has been the rabbi of Amsterdam’s progressive Jewish community, Beit ha-Hiddush.