Women Rabbis in Judaism
Asenath Barzani, a 17th century Kurdish woman, is considered by some scholars to be the first woman rabbi in Judaism. They believe her role as teacher and head of a yeshiva and her wisdom and learning - which earned her the title of Tanna'it (female Talmudic scholar) - qualify her for the title of rabbi.
Have you ever heard of Regina Jonas? If not, you should. Jonas became Judaism's first woman rabbi, when she was ordained in Berlin, Germany in 1930. Between her death in Auschwitz in 1944 and the discovery of her ordination papers in an East Berlin archive in 1991, she was forgotten. Thanks to the discovery of the papers, we can now remember this inspiring and righteous individual.
Avi Hein writes about the history of women's ordination as rabbis according to the different branches of Judaism.
This Washington Post article reveals the results of a study that focused on the gender gap between rabbis in the Conservative movement of Judaism.
Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Jackie Tabick became the first woman ordained as a rabbi in England in 1975.
This is a biography of the world's first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas, written by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah in 2002.
Katharina von Kellenbach, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland, provides this succinct and clear summary of the life of Regina Jonas, the first woman rabbi.
This is a brief biography of Rabbi Regina Jonas, the world's first woman rabbi, written by Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah.
This Berlin Jewish Community site offers a biography in English of Regina Jonas, the first woman to be ordained a rabbi in Berlin.
Why has Regina Jonas, the first woman ever to be ordained as a rabbi in 1935, been forgotten?
Read a biography of Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, America's first female rabbi. Rabbi Priesand was ordained in June, 1972, by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rabbi Janet Marder, ordained in 1973, became the first female president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic arm of Judaism's Reform movement.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the second woman rabbi and first Reconstructionist woman rabbi, wrote this article describing her personal experience becoming a woman rabbi and the great contributions women rabbis are making to Judaism and Jewish life.
JewishVirtualLibrary.org offers this biography of Ray Frank, known as "the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West."
In 1890 Ray Frank became the first Jewish woman to preach formally from a pulpit in the United States.
This is a timeline of Jewish women in the Rabbinate from 1846 to 1995.
Rabbi Hershel Schachter provides an orthodox view on why women should not be ordained rabbis.