Rabbi Mindy Portnoy was one of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi of the reform movement of Judaism. Throughout her career, she has served as both a Hillel rabbi and as a pulpit rabbi in Washington D.C., and is the author of several children’s books, the most well known of which is Ima on the Bimah.
Rabbi Portnoy’s career has mirrored the progress made by women in the rabbinate, from the early days when women rabbis attending rabbinic conventions would hold ad hoc meetings in the ladies’ rooms, and when she would be introduced as “a woman rabbi”, to the present day where being a female and a rabbi is no longer out of the ordinary.
Rabbi Portnoy talks about her experiences as a rabbi from her unique vantage point, both as a participant in this historic change in Jewish life, and also as an observer of it. She speaks about what led her to the rabbinate, her experiences as a rabbi, how others perceived women entering this new role, and how she responded to some of the issues raised for the first time during this transitional period.