Ray Frank's Yom Kippur Sermon, 1890
Ray Frank (1861-1948), called the "Girl Rabbi of the Golden West," became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a pulpit in 1890, when she delivered sermons for the High Holy Days in Spokane, WA. Although the language of her Yom Kippur sermon may sound old fashioned, Frank's message remains both relevant and compelling.
- Ray Frank became the first Jewish woman in the United States to preach formally from a pulpit in 1890, when she delivered sermons for the High Holy Days in Spokane, WA.
- Ray Frank’s work forced American Jewry, for the first time, to seriously consider the possibility of ordaining women as Rabbis.
- While Ray Frank was a trailblazer in many ways, her views on women’s rights and responsibilities were complex and varied.
- How can we reconcile Ray Frank’s trailblazing work with some of her more traditional views on the rights and roles of women?
- What can we learn about Ray Frank and what she thought about her own unique role by reading her Yom Kippur sermon?
- For middle school and high school:
Ray Frank on Klal Yisrael
- For family/congregational education:
Ray Frank on The Importance of Belief
- For high school and adults:
Ray Frank on Gratitude & Repentance
- For adult women:
Ray Frank on Giving in a Voluntary and Sincere Way
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "Ray Frank's Yom Kippur Sermon, 1890." (Viewed on April 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/sep05>.