Central Conference of American Rabbis

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Closeup of a blue and white prayer shawl

We are who we are, equally capable in our abilities to preside at liminal, sacred moments of our people no matter the biology or gender identification we carry.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Female rabbis pose together with the new Sacred Calling book

When I was 8 years old, I learned that the first woman rabbi had just been ordained. I was shocked because, until then, I hadn’t realized that there weren’t any women in the rabbinate. Rabbi Sally Priesand became my hero.

Rabbi Hara Person

Priesand, now 70 and retired for a decade, talks about her ordination, her 25 years as the rabbi at Monmouth Reform Temple, and why she insisted on wearing miniskirts.

Lauren Markoe (RNS)