Ordained

Women rabbis speak their minds

Rabbi Sally Priesand, the first woman ordained in the Reform movement—in 1972—retired last year from her position as rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple in New Jersey. The Women’s Rabbinic Network, the official support and advocacy organization for women who are Reform rabbis and rabbinic students, decided to use this milestone occasion to ask our vatikot—our first-generation veteran Reform women rabbis—to reflect on their experiences. We wanted to honor Sally Priesand, but we had also become profoundly aware of the fact that our younger colleagues did not know the full “herstory” of women in the rabbinate.

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