Delphine Horvilleur

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Delphine Horvilleur
Delphine Horvilleur in 2019
Born (1974-11-08) 8 November 1974 (age 49)
Nancy, France
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
SpouseAriel Weil

Delphine Horvilleur (French pronunciation: [dɛlfin ɔʁvilœʁ]; born 8 November 1974) is France's third female rabbi, and (as of 2012) editorial director of the quarterly Jewish magazine Revue de pensée(s) juive(s) Tenou'a.[1][2][3][4] She leads a congregation in Paris, and is currently co-leading the Liberal Jewish Movement of France, a Jewish liberal cultural and religious association affiliated to the World Union for Progressive Judaism, which she joined in 2008.[5][6] In 2013 her book En tenue d’Eve. Féminin, Pudeur et Judaïsme (In a Birthday Suit: Feminism, Modesty and Judaism), which discusses the representation of nudity and modesty in the Bible, was published.[1]


Horvilleur was born and raised in Nancy, but moved to Jerusalem at the age of 17 and studied life sciences at the Hebrew University.[1] Five years later, she came back to Paris and worked as a journalist.[1] She studied with well-known Jewish scholars, such as French philosopher Marc-Alain Ouaknin and ex-Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, and eventually moved to New York and studied at Drisha Yeshiva.[1] She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2008, and later returned to France.[6] In 2016, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem awarded her a special commendation.[7]

In 2009, Horvilleur became editor-in-chief of Tenou'a a quarterly journal published by the Tenou'a association from the Liberal Jewish Movement of France. It makes it a reference magazine of liberal Jewish thought in France, where various religious sensibilities are found around societal issues (feminism, environment, sexuality, migration policy, etc.).[8]

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Horvilleur became known for her weekly online Zoom talks on Jewish texts. Her popular lectures were attended by a variety people outside of the Jewish community.[9]

Horvilleur is married to Ariel Weil, mayor of the Paris Centre arrondissement. They have three children.[10]


  • Notarikon: The Rabbinic Art of Word-breaking. Brookdale Center: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 2008. OCLC 192021507.
  • Horvilleur, Delphine (2011). "Lifting the Curtain - The theatrical Kol Nidre". In Hoffman, Rabbi Lawrence A. (ed.). All these Vows. Jewish Lights Publishing. pp. 150–154.[citation needed]
  • En tenue d’Ève : féminin, pudeur et judaïsme (in French). Grasset. 2013. ISBN 2757869663. OCLC 1024070980.
  • Comment les rabbins font les enfants ? : sexe, transmission, identité dans le judaïsme (in French). Grasset. 2015. ISBN 2253186090. OCLC 993080865.
  • Des mille et une façons d’être juif ou musulman (in French). Seuil. 2017. ISBN 2021349314. OCLC 1033520372. with Rachid Benzine,
  • Réflexions sur la question antisémite (in French). Grasset. 2019. ISBN 2253820342. OCLC 1140368044.[11] in English released as Anti-Semitism Revisited: How the Rabbis Made Sense of Hatred. MacLehose Press. 2021. ISBN 978-1529404753.
  • Comprendre le monde (in French). Bayard Culture. 2020. ISBN 2227497998. OCLC 1163855144.
  • Vivre avec nos morts (in French). Grasset. 2021. ISBN 9782246826941.
  • Il n'y a pas de Ajar (in French). Grasset. 2022. ISBN 9782246831563.


  1. ^ a b c d e Benhamou, Rebecca (21 June 2013). "No liberté and égalité in France for women rabbis". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  2. ^ "32nd IAJGS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on JEWISH GENEALOGY - Paris from 15th till 18th July 2012 - Rabbin Delphine HORVILLEUR". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Delphine Horvilleur : " Pour rester vivante, la religion doit être bousculée " - societe - Elle". 21 December 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ (French) Sonia Sarah Lipsyc,"Delphine Horvilleur, 3ème femme rabbin en France", 6 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Our Rabbis". 27 September 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
  6. ^ a b Halpern, Gilad (8 July 2012). "Just don't call her 'Monsieur le rabbin' - Israel News". Haaretz. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ Klug, Lisa (5 September 2016). "France's foremost female rabbi takes a stab at the patriarchy". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Delphine Horvilleur : " On renvoie toujours la femme à son utérus "" (in French). 26 March 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. ^ Lieblich, Julia (30 September 2022). "French Feminist Rabbi Captivates Multifaith Crowds With Musings on Mortality". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Woman is the Jew of the world". Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Réflexions sur la question antisémite (pour pour tout le monde) • Grasset • L'essai du mois, Antisémitisme, Haine, Judaïsme, Delphine Horvilleur, Totalité, Altérité • Philosophie magazine". 1 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2020.

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