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Religious Movements

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.

Angela Warnick Buchdahl is invested as first Asian-American cantor

May 16, 1999

Buchdahl became the first Asian American cantor, and just two years later, made history again by becoming the first Asian American rabbi.

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.

Jewish women's advocate Esther Ruskay is featured speaker at NCJW New York launch

May 9, 1894

An advocate for both women and traditional Jewish practice, Esther Ruskay spoke on "The Revival of Judaism" at the founding meeting of the New York section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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