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Elisa Klapheck

Elisa Klapheck studied political science, law, and rabbinics. She is co-founder of Bet Debora and author and editor of Fräulein Rabbiner Jonas: The Story of the First Female Rabbi (Wiley 2004). After her ordination, she served as rabbi first in Amsterdam and since 2009 in Frankfurt. Elisa is strongly engaged in the revival of Jewish life in Germany and advocates a new dialogue between religion and politics. She is editor of the series “Machloket / Streitschriften,” a forum for debate on contemporary societal questions in the light of the political tradition of Judaism. In 2013 she published the first monograph about the Jewish religio-political philosopher Margarete Susman.

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Regina Jonas

Regina Jonas longed to become a rabbi for most of her life, and despite significant obstacles, was ordained in 1935. As the first ordained female rabbi, she worked in Berlin until her deportation to Theresienstadt, where she continued to preach, teach, and inspire her fellow inmates until her final deportation to Auschwitz.

Jewish Feminism in Post-Holocaust Germany

Jewish feminism in Germany today is an expression of a wide-reaching renewal of Judaism occurring in many European countries since the early 1990s. German Jewish feminists built on the historical tradition of the Jewish women’s movement in pre-Holocaust Germany and has since taken many paths.

Jewish Feminism in Post-Holocaust Germany

Jewish feminism in Germany today is an expression of a wide-reaching renewal of Judaism occurring in many European countries since the early 1990s. German Jewish feminists built on the historical tradition of the Jewish women’s movement in pre-Holocaust Germany and has since taken many paths.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Elisa Klapheck." (Viewed on September 28, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/klapheck-elisa>.

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