Jackie Tabick, Great Britain’s first female rabbi, also serves as Britain’s first female head of the Reform Beit Din, or religious court. Raised in England, Tabick studied medieval history at University College London before entering Leo Baeck College, Great Britain’s Reform seminary. She was ordained in 1975 and began working as an assistant rabbi at the West London Synagogue. After the head rabbi’s death in 1996, she led the congregation alone for two years, but when she was turned down for the position of head rabbi, she left to become rabbi of the North West Surrey Synagogue in 1999, where she remained until her retirement in 2013. She served as vice president of Britain’s Reform movement, and in 2013 became Convenor of the movement’s Beit Din, a role she still maintains as of 2016. An executive of the Interfaith Network, she served as chair of the World Congress of Faiths for many years before becoming co-president in 2013.
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