Dena Feingold

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Dena Feingold became Wisconsin's first female full-time rabbi in 1982 when she was hired by Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee as assistant rabbi.[1][2] She was ordained earlier that year by the Reform Jewish seminary Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and was the first female rabbi native to Wisconsin.[2][3] According to her, she was at one time the only female rabbi employed full-time in any synagogue in the entire Upper Midwest U.S.[2] In 1985, she was appointed spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[2] A Spiritual Legacy Fund has been established at Beth Hillel in tribute to her.[2] In 2007, she received a Doctor of Divinity degree commemorating her 25 years in the rabbinate.[3]

She is the sister of former U.S Senator Russ Feingold.[2]


  1. ^ "The Milwaukee Sentinel - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cohen, Leon (2010-02-25). "Kenosha shul celebrates rabbi's 25 years there - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle". Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Beth Hillel". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-09-20.