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An Interview with Rabbi Sandy Sasso About Regina Jonas

I recently had the opportunity to interview Rabbi Sandy Sasso about her 2018 children's book about the world’s first woman rabbi. Regina Jonas was ordained in Germany in 1935, and served as a rabbi in Berlin and at the Terezin concentration camp. In 1944, she was murdered in Auschwitz, and her story was all but forgotten.

Watch our conversation here, and hear how Rabbi Sasso was inspired by Regina Jonas and decided to share her story with a new generation. You can also learn more about Regina Jonas in JWA’s Women Rabbis collection, and use JWA's resources and Rabbi Sasso's book to commemorate Regina Jonas's yahrzeit on Shabbat Bereishit.

Regina Persisted is one of JWA's 2018-2019 Book List picks.

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wonderful interview and expose' of Rabbi Regina Jonas, thank you!!!

Regina Persisted Book Cover
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Cover of Sandy Sasso's 2018 book Regina Persisted: An Untold Story.
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How to cite this page

Rosenbaum, Judith. "An Interview with Rabbi Sandy Sasso About Regina Jonas." 20 September 2018. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on February 15, 2019) <>.


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