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Maralee Gordon

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Maralee Gordon until we are able to commission a full entry.

Maralee Gordon.

Rabbi Maralee Gordon helped found the Chutzpah Collective, a radical Jewish political collective that utilized the inclusion of women in religious rituals as a jumping-off point for making all Jews feel welcome in the Jewish community regardless of disability or sexual orientation. Gordon founded and edited the Jewish feminist newsletter Lilith’s Rib in the 1970s as a way to connect women who wanted to work on Jewish feminist initiatives. She also worked as a synagogue education director and teacher of adult education classes before her ordination as a rabbi. As a founding member of the Chutzpah collective, Gordon helped create prayers and rituals that reflected women’s experiences and found new ways to include Jews from all walks of life in the Jewish community. She then became a congregational rabbi, serving the McHenry County Jewish Congregation in Crystal Lake, Illinois and running the Interfaith Pastoral Care Visitation Program for immigrant detainees at the McHenry County Jail.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Maralee Gordon." (Viewed on December 2, 2023) <>.


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