Karen Soria

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Karen Soria is the first female rabbi to serve in Australia, although she was born and ordained in the United States.[1] She was originally from the Chicago area, and graduated from the HUC-JIR Reform Jewish seminary in 1981.[2] She then became Australia's first female rabbi, serving with congregations in Melbourne from 1981 until 1989.[2] Rabbi Soria later became the first female rabbi to serve with the U.S. Marines, which she did from 1992 until 1996; she was also the second female rabbi to serve in the U.S. Navy, a position she held from 1992 to 2003.[2][3] In 2009 Soria became the first female rabbi in the Canadian Forces; she was assigned to 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.[4] In 2011 HUC-JIR awarded her an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.[5] As of 2011, Rabbi Soria serves as Rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.[5]


  1. ^ The Jews in Australia. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The Canadian Jewish News - Winnipeg rabbi served in the marines, navy". Cjnews.com. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  3. ^ "Staff Biographies". www.omjs.ca. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  5. ^ a b "HUC-JIR: Press Room - HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Karen A. Soria". Huc.edu. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-07-21.