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Religious Movements

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.

Angela Warnick Buchdahl invested as first Asian-American cantor

May 16, 1999

Angela Warnick Buchdahl was invested as the first Asian American cantor. Two years later, she became the first Asian American rabbi.

Amy Eilberg ordained as first female Conservative rabbi

May 12, 1985

Amy Eilberg became the first woman ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary's commencement exercises in New York City.

Esther Ruskay speaks at founding of NY section of National Council of Jewish Women

May 9, 1894

Traditionalist Esther Ruskay spoke on "The Revival of Judaism" at the founding meeting of the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Reform Judaism leader Jane Evans argues for ordination of women rabbis

April 29, 1957

Jane Evans, executive director of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, argued for the need to ordain women rabbis in the Reform movement.

Rabbi Janet Marder becomes president of Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)

March 26, 2003

Rabbi Janet Marder was elected the first female president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Judith Kaplan celebrates first American Bat Mitzvah ceremony

March 18, 1922

Judith Kaplan (Eisenstein) became the first American Bat Mitzvah.

The New York Times reports on naming ceremonies for Jewish girls

March 14, 1977

The New York Times reported on the emergence of formal naming ceremonies for newborn Jewish girls.

Ezrat Nashim presents manifesto for women's equality to Conservative rabbis

March 14, 1972

A small group of young Jewish feminists under the name "Ezrat Nashim" presented a manifesto entitled "Jewish Women Call For Change" at the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly convention.

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