Women in the Rabbinate

Women in the Rabbinate

Figurine of a woman staring through a window at blurry images of male figurines

The first step in addressing implicit gender bias is simply becoming aware.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Three young adults holding signs in support of equal pay for women

Next Equal Pay Day, may every member of the Reform Jewish community be actively engaged in the work to bring more justice to our workplaces.

Rabbi Mary Zamore
Red and white striped sneakers and jean-clad legs at the starting line as seen from overhead

As I chronicle my journey from Orthodox feminist to Reform rabbi, I would like to explore what it means to be a Jewish woman, and what it means to be a human being.

Elana Sztokman
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)