Central Conference of American Rabbis

Central Conference of American Rabbis

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)