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Rabbis

Deborah Waxman, 2013

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

Image courtesy of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College via Wikimedia Commons.

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman in 2013.

Image courtesy of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College via Wikimedia Commons.

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Jane Evans

Although she never became a rabbi, Jane Evans, Executive Director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, became a powerful voice for women’s ordination within the Reform Movement.

Angela Buchdahl

Angela Buchdahl made history as the first Asian-American rabbi and cantor, but it has been her skill with congregants that has fueled her rise to senior rabbi at a prestigious Manhattan synagogue.

Julie Schonfeld

In 2009, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld became the first female leader of an American rabbinical organization, serving as executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

Julie Schonfeld

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Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.
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Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.

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Joseph Dov Soloveitchik

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Joseph Dov Soloveitchik
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Joseph Dov Soloveitchik

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Joseph Dov Soloveitchik

As the rosh yeshiva (religious head) of Yeshiva University from 1941–1985 and chief legal decisor for Modern Orthodox Jews in America, Joseph Dov Soloveitchik shaped Jewish practice and public opinion through the era of second-wave feminism.

Mordecai Kaplan, 1915

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Mordecai Kaplan in 1915.
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Mordecai Kaplan in 1915.


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Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014

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Portrait of Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014. Permission for JWA use from the artist.

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Portrait of Regina Jonas by Marlis Glaser, 2014. Permission for JWA use from the artist.

Excerpts from the writings of Regina Jonas

The words of Regina Jonas continue to resonate with today’s rabbis. This past summer, at the dedication of a memorial plaque to Regina Jonas at Terezin by the United States Commision for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, the first four American women rabbis honored their foremother Regina Jonas by reading the passages from her writings excerpted below.    

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rabbis." (Viewed on May 24, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/rabbis>.

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