With your help, JWA programs and resources can enrich lives, build resilience, and sustain hope for a better world. Join our effort today with a contribution to JWA by December 31. Thank you!
Close [x]

Show [+]

Alina Treiger

As the first woman rabbi to be ordained in Germany since the Holocaust, Alina Treiger has cultivated the kind of progressive Judaism that had been the pride of German Jews before World War II. Growing up in Soviet Ukraine, Treiger witnessed her father being forced to work in a factory and denied the chance to study because he was Jewish. After the fall of the Soviet Union and its restrictions, she formed a Jewish youth club in her hometown before traveling to study at the Institute of Progressive Judaism in Moscow for two years. She returned home at age twenty-one to help found the liberal Congregation Beit Am, dreaming of becoming a rabbi. Then the World Union for Progressive Judaism offered to help her attend the Reform seminary Abraham Geiger College at Potsdam University in Germany in 2001. After two years of intensive German, she studied both in Potsdam and at the College of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg, interning with congregations in Hameln and Gottingen before she was ordained in 2010 at Abraham Geiger College. As of 2016 she works with Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union living in the German towns of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst.

Topics: Soviet Jewry, Rabbis

More on Alina Treiger


Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Rabbi Alina Treiger in 2010. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Date of Birth


Rabbi, Founder

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Alina Treiger." (Viewed on November 30, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/treiger-alina>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox