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Ackerman-Paula - still image

Ackerman-Paula - still image

When her husband, William Ackerman, died in 1950, his congregation, the Reform Temple Beth Israel of Meridian, Mississippi, requested that she succeed him. Thus, Paula Ackerman became the first female spiritual leader of a mainstream Jewish congregation in the United States.

Institution: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH,

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