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Religious Movements

Amy Eilberg

Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She was a co-founder of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where she directed the Jewish Hospice Care Program.

Tamara Cohen

Tamara Cohen is a Jewish feminist writer, activist and educator. She currently works as the Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs at the University of Florida and the once-a-month Spiritual Leader of the Greater Washington Connecticut Coalition for Jewish Life.

Nina Beth Cardin

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin is the Director of Jewish Life at the JCC of Greater Baltimore. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988, Rabbi Cardin then served the Seminary in numerous capacities, including Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Visiting Lecturer in Theology. Rabbi Cardin is also Editor of Sh'ma: a journal of Jewish responsibility.

Alice Abrams Siegal with a Small Dress

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Community organizer and activist Alice Abrams Siegal with a small dress.

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Community organizer and activist Alice Abrams Siegal with a small dress.

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Alice Abrams Siegal

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Activist and community organizer Alice Abrams Siegal.

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Activist and community organizer Alice Abrams Siegal.

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Cecillia Pollock Etkin

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Cecillia Pollock Etkin.
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Carolyn Blumenthal Danz

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Carolyn Blumenthal Danz working on a project.
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Carolyn Blumenthal Danz working on a project.
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Carolyn Blumenthal Danz and her grandchildren.
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Carolyn Blumenthal Danz and her grandchildren.
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More Than Just The Celebration of One Woman: Rabbi Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl

Usually, I’m a bit of a skeptic about the transformative power of women’s leadership. I don’t believe a woman in a position of power will necessarily create meaningful social change. I’m a little weary of celebrating “firsts” for women. I’m impatient and demanding and all the things feminists need to be if we’re going to change the world for more than an elite few. 

And then there are moments when I feel the momentum rumbling beneath my feet and cynicism is nowhere to be found. Today I had one of those moments when I heard that Rabbi Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl has been chosen as the next Senior Rabbi at Central Synagogue, a prominent and powerful Reform congregation in New York City.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Religious Movements." (Viewed on May 2, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/religious-movements>.

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