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Regina Jonas

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In the footsteps of Regina Jonas

Regina Jonas Remembered

The first woman rabbi, ordained in Germany in 1935, Regina Jonas served the Jewish community of Berlin and continued to help guide the Jewish community after her deportation to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. But after her death in Auschwitz, her story was lost for decades. In 2014, for the 70th anniversary of her death, a group of women rabbis and scholars traveled to Germany and retraced Rabbi Jonas’s journey, reading her sermons, discussing her impact, and placing a memorial plaque in a moving ceremony to honor her memory. Here, you can watch the award-winning film which chronicles their remarkable experience and read reflections on and coverage of the trip. You can also access ready-to-use program resources to support your community in teaching about and honoring the memory of Regina Jonas.

Regina Jonas Kiosk, Berlin, Germany, Cropped

Short Film: In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas

Who was the first woman rabbi and why don’t we know about her? Watch the documentary short film about the journey of women rabbis to discover their foremother, 70 years after her death.

Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014

Program Resources

To learn from Rabbi Regina Jonas and to honor her memory, use these ready-to-go program resources in your community.
Regina Jonas Plaque

Reflections on and Coverage of the Trip

Regina Jonas was the first woman ordained as a rabbi, but after her death in Auschwitz, Jonas was forgotten. To mark the 70th anniversary of her death, a group of pioneering American Jewish women rabbis and scholars traveled to Europe to learn about and commemorate her. Read some of their reflections and coverage of their remarkable journey from around the web.

Learn more about Regina Jonas and read excerpts from her writings.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Regina Jonas Remembered." (Viewed on October 23, 2016) <>.


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