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Rabbis

Mazel Tov, Alysa Stanton!

Apropos of Judith's recent post on Sotomayor and other "firsts," here's a celebratory shout-out to Alysa Stanton who became the world's first African-American female rabbi when she was ordained yesterday, June 6th, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. What does Stanton make of her status as a first? "If I were the 50,000th, I'd still be doing what I do, trying to live my life with kavanah and kedusha ... Me being first was just the luck of the draw," she explained.

Alysa Stanton ordained as first African-American female rabbi

June 6, 2009

Alysa Stanton becomes the world's first African-American female rabbi.

JTS Faculty Senate votes to admit women

October 24, 1983

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) faculty senate voted to allow women admission to the JTS Rabbinical School.

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand blesses U.S. Congress

October 23, 1973

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand offered the opening prayer in the United States House of Representatives, at the invitation of Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

Rabbi and military chaplain Bonnie Koppell profiled

August 31, 1990

Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, the first female Jewish chaplain in the U.S. military, was profiled in the "Omaha Jewish Press."

Congregation appoints first woman to serve as senior rabbi

August 1, 1979

Reconstructionist rabbi Linda Joy Holtzman became the first woman to lead a U.S. Jewish congregation when she was appointed the spiritual leader of the Coatesville, PA, Beth Israel Congregation.

"Life on the Fringes" explores Orthodox feminism

July 1, 2000

Haviva Ner-David's book "Life on the Fringes," about her commitment to an evolving feminist Orthodoxy and her quest for rabbinic ordination, was published.

Reform rabbis debate women's ordination

June 30, 1922

The Central Conference of American Rabbis resolved that "women cannot justly be denied the privilege of [rabbinical] ordination." The first American woman would not be ordained until 1972.

First American woman rabbi

June 3, 1972

Sally Priesand was the first woman to ever be ordained as a rabbi by a rabbinical seminary.

Sandy Sasso ordained as first female Reconstructionist rabbi

May 19, 1974

Sandy Sasso became ordained as the first female Reconstructionist rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.

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