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Joanna Samuels

Joanna Samuels fights for immigrant rights at the Jewish community center that she founded. After her ordination by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Samuels served as rabbi at Congregation Habonim in New York City.

Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

As both one of the first women and one of the first openly gay rabbis to be ordained in Britain, Elli Tikvah Sarah has shattered assumptions about what it means to be part of—and to lead—the Jewish community.

Sandy Sasso

The first woman rabbi ordained by the Reconstructionist movement, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has used her career as an award-winning author to change how children and adults think about women in Jewish tradition.

Julie Schonfeld

As the first female executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization for Conservative rabbis, Julie Schonfeld has helped shape the Conservative movement’s approach to prayer as well as its response to world politics.

Julie Schwartz

Julie Schwartz’s decision to become the first woman rabbi to serve as an active duty chaplain in the US Military broadened women’s roles in Jewish and civic leadership.

Tanya Segal

As the first full-time female rabbi in Poland, Tanya Segal has creatively transformed Jewish life in the historic city of Krakow, the site of previous revolutions in Jewish thought and practice.

Kinneret Shiryon

The first woman rabbi in Israel, Kinneret Shiryon has helped introduce Israelis to the possibilities of liberal Judaism and significantly advanced religious equality in Israel when her synagogue, Kehillat Yozma, became the first non-Orthodox congregation to receive funding from the state.

Rebecca Sirbu

Rebecca Sirbu brings her passion for organizing for change to the Jewish world. She is the founder of RabbiCareers.com, the first open source job site for rabbis. Committed to fighting for gender equity, she co-founded the Gender Equity in Hiring Project in the Jewish community. As of this writing, she serves as the Director of the Division of Member and Unit Services at Hadassah, reinvigorating the largest Jewish women’s organization in the US. Previously, she was the Director of Rabbis Without Borders at CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. The Forward named her one of the “Most Inspirational Rabbis in America.”

Mychal Springer

Mychal Springer created the Center for Pastoral Education to enable hospital chaplains of all backgrounds to learn from Jewish models for visiting the sick while incorporating the wisdom of other pastoral traditions.

Shira Stutman

Shira Stutman’s belief in the importance of “radical welcoming” informs everything about the way she cultivates community as senior rabbi of Washington DC’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.


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