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Religious Movements

Celebrating Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the first woman Reconstructionalist rabbi

Thirty-six years ago today, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was ordained as the first female Reconstructionist rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia on May 19, 1974.

Taking the "Rihanna" approach to Jewish Orthodox sexuality

I was a little surprised to see how much frank talk about sex was featured in The Sisterhood this week. As a teenager, I am used to people around me talking about sex a lot--in real life, in movies, in songs, in basically every medium except in Jewish blogs. But that is no longer!

JOFA tackles "tznius"

The current issue of the JOFA Journal offers a smorgasbord of thoughtful articles about clothing in Orthodoxy, aka “tznius“.

President Carol Kaufman Newman writes about how different today’s Orthodoxy is compared to when she was growing up and freely wore cheerleader outfits. “I would be less than honest if I did not confess that all this covering up gives me pause.”

Alysa Stanton ordained as first African-American female rabbi

June 6, 2009

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

Paula Ackerman becomes "spiritual leader" of Temple Beth Israel of Meridian, Mississippi

December 12, 1950

Paula Ackerman became the interim "spiritual leader" of Temple Beth Israel in Meridian, Mississippi, demonstrating that a woman could serve in a rabbinical role.

Newly dedicated Newport Synagogue introduces an open-view women's gallery

December 2, 1763

The new synagogue dedicated in Newport, Rhode Island introduced a design that reflected women's changing status in "new world" Judaism.

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.

Aviel Barclay becomes first female Torah scribe

October 6, 2003

Aviel Barclay became the first certified female Torah scribe.

Jewish Women Watching declare "Sexism is a sin"

September 21, 2001

Jewish Women Watching published an advertisement in the "New York Times," asking Jewish women to hold their community accountable for sexism.

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.

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