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Dr. Simon at the Regina Jonas Archive

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Dr. Simon, Director of the Regina Jonas Archive, comments on a Jonas document.

Dr. Simon, Director of the Regina Jonas Archive, comments on a Jonas document.

Women Rabbis at Regina Jonas Archive

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Women rabbis at an historic evening at the Regina Jonas Archive, Centrum Judaicum, New Synagogue (Orienstrasse Synagogue) in Berlin, Germany.
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Women rabbis at an historic evening at the Regina Jonas Archive, Centrum Judaicum, New Synagogue (Orienstrasse Synagogue) in Berlin, Germany.

Rabbis Amy Eilberg, Sandy Sasso, and Sally Priesand, 2014

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Rabbis Amy Eilberg, Sandy Sasso, and Sally Priesand spoke movingly about their paths to the Rabbinate at an evening honoring Regina Jonas in Berlin in 2014. Rabbi Sara Hurwitz joined by phone from Jerusalem.
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Rabbis Amy Eilberg, Sandy Sasso, and Sally Priesand spoke movingly about their paths to the Rabbinate at an evening honoring Regina Jonas in Berlin in 2014. Rabbi Sara Hurwitz joined by phone from Jerusalem.

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The "Lost" Story of Regina Jonas

A major theme of our shared JWA/AJA journey is the recovery of the lost narrative of Regina Jonas. We are here in the company of America’s pioneering women rabbis to bring Fraulein Rabbiner Jonas back into the story we tell of them and those who followed.

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Confronting Germany

I have never been to Germany before, and this is no accident. My mother, who lost extended family members in the Holocaust, raised me not to buy German products. I do not walk on the site of the Temple in Jerusalem, for it is sacred. I did not go to Germany, because it was the very opposite of sanctity. The sound of the German language made me cringe; it was the sound of the Nazis. But over the decades, I had come to be in relationship with young Germans who were profoundly remorseful about the Holocaust. I was ready to explore a new personal relationship with the German people, and to travel there when the right opportunity presented itself. This trip is that opportunity.

Flag Map of Germany

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An image of a map of Germany, with country's flag covering the geographical space.

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An image of a map of Germany, with country's flag covering the geographical space.

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S. Deborah Ebin

The daughter of Mizrachi movement leader Rabbi Aaron M. Ashinsky, S. Deborah Ebin helped the group American Mizrachi Women rescue a staggering number of children from Europe during and after WWII.

Sophia Dubnow-Erlich

Sophia Dubnow-Erlich’s socialist views were reflected both in her acclaimed poetry and in her passionate activism.

"We Who Are Her Successors": Honoring Rabbi Regina Jonas

Our knowledge about Rabbi Regina Jonas has been limited. I had heard that she was ordained in Berlin, her thesis was on whether women could be rabbis, and that she had died during the Holocaust. I was intrigued, but there was not much more information to fill in the blank spaces. This trip has opened up a wealth of material about her life, her vision and her contributions.

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