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Religious Movements

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.

Hadassah honors Orthodox feminist Blu Greenberg

July 25, 2006

Blu Greenberg was honored with Hadassah's highest honor, the Henrietta Szold award, at a convention banquet.

"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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