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Could you tell me if there are female rabbis. If there are, how long has this been the case?

Answer

There have been female ordained Rabbis since the early 70's. Rabbi Sally Priesand was the first Jewish woman to be ordained a Rabbi, and she was ordained by the Reform Movement.

Since then, all branches of Judaism, except the Orthodox, have found one way or another within the pattern of Jewish law, to ordain women as Rabbis and Cantors.

It is my humble opinion - and not mine alone - that within 10-15 years there will be women ordained rabbis by the Orthodox branch of Judaism - even if are not called "women rabbis."

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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
Foundation for Family Education (FFFE)

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