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Rabbi Emma Gottlieb

Rabbi Emma Gottlieb
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Rabbi Emma Gottlieb, who became Cape Town's first full-time female congregational rabbi in 2018.

Emma Gottlieb joins the rabbinic team at Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa, in Fall 2018. She grew up in Toronto and was ordained in 2010 at HUC-JIR in New York. Rabbi Gottlieb is deeply appreciative of the ways in which Judaism brings meaning to both the sacred and everyday moments in our lives and endeavors to ignite that same appreciation in others.

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Rabbi Emma Gottlieb

The First

The “first female rabbi in a full-time congregational position in Cape Town” will not look and sound like other women rabbis. She will look and sound like me, because I am her. And because the only way I can authentically answer the question is to just keep being me; keep being the rabbi I already am (and am proud to be).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rabbi Emma Gottlieb." (Viewed on September 19, 2018) <>.


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