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Lynn Gottlieb

b. April 12, 1949

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

Lynn Gottlieb and others.

One of the first ten women rabbis, Lynn Gottlieb became a voice for peace between Jews and Muslims. Gottlieb became spiritual leader of Temple Beth Or of the Deaf in New York at the age of 23 and began studying at several seminaries before her ordination through the Jewish Renewal Movement in 1981. She cofounded Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, New Mexico before moving to California to found Interfaith Interventions, a continuation of her work with the Muslim-Jewish Peace Walk and other interfaith peace efforts. In 2008, Gottlieb led a Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation to Iran, becoming the first female rabbi to enter the country since the 1979 revolution. Gottlieb has also been involved in Jewish feminist efforts through her creation of the Bat Kol theater troupe, which explored feminist midrash, and her writing of She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lynn Gottlieb." (Viewed on September 29, 2023) <>.


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