Since 1972, when rabbinical schools began ordaining women, women rabbis have transformed Jewish life around the world. In partnership with the Story Archive of Women Rabbis (a project of Jewish Women’s Theatre), which began conducting these interviews in 2009, the Jewish Women’s Archive has created this exhibit using video clips of women rabbis from across the Jewish spectrum telling powerful stories about their role models and leadership styles, their faith and their families, and the challenges and blessings they’ve encountered along the way.
Timeline of Women in the Rabbinate
Although the first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas, was ordained in 1935, her death in Auschwitz in 1944 marked a long pause before women's ordination became a possibility again. Learn more about the milestones that helped bring women rabbis to every denomination and to countries around the globe.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women Rabbis." (Viewed on February 20, 2019) <https://jwa.org/rabbis>.