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Religious Movements

Esther Jane Ruskay

At a time when the Jewish community was focused on the benefits of assimilation and the possibilities of ethical culture, Esther Jane Ruskay argued passionately for a return to traditional religious practice and study.

Betty Robbins

Betty Robbins spent her life breaking gender boundaries in the Jewish community even before she made history as the first woman cantor in 1955.

Nacha Rivkin

Nacha Rivkin transformed education for Orthodox girls by utilizing new models of education at the girls’ yeshiva she helped found.

Judith Kaplan Eisenstein

The first American girl to publically celebrate a bat mitzvah, Judith Kaplan Eisenstein went on to become a Jewish educator, composer, and musicologist.

Paula Ackerman

After the death of her rabbi husband, Paula Ackerman took over leadership of their congregation with the enthusiastic support of her community.

Mindy Portnoy on Feeling Privileged to be a Rabbi, 2012

Mindy Portnoy speaks about being privileged to live at the right time to become a rabbi.
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Mindy Portnoy speaks about being privileged to live at the right time to become a rabbi.

Mindy Portnoy on Being a Feminist, 2012

Mindy Portnoy speaks about being an old-school feminist, allowing men and women to do what is right for them, expanding the role of women to being rabbis and mothers, 2012.
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Mindy Portnoy speaks about being an old-school feminist, allowing men and women to do what is right for them, expanding the role of women to being rabbis and mothers, 2012.

Mindy Portnoy on Women Rabbinic Students

Mindy Portnoy speaks about women Rabbinic students collabortating on women's rights.

Mindy Portnoy speaks about women Rabbinic students collabortating on women's rights.

Mindy Portnoy on Sally Priesand's Influence, 2012

Mindy Portnoy speaks about how Sally Priesand influenced her about going to rabbinic school.
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Mindy Portnoy speaks about how Sally Priesand influenced her about going to rabbinic school.

Ruth Weisberg

Ruth Weisberg’s art helped bring the Reform Movement’s Open Door Haggadah to life with inclusive, feminist imagery.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Religious Movements." (Viewed on April 30, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/religious-movements>.

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