Lynn Gottlieb

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Lynn Gottlieb (born April 12, 1949 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement.[1]

Gottlieb entered pulpit life at the age of 23 in 1973, as leader of Temple Beth Or of the Deaf in Queens. In 1981, she became the first woman ordained as a rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement; she was ordained by rabbis Zalman Schachter, Everett Gendler, and Shlomo Carlebach.[2][3]

In 2007 she was selected as one of The Other Top 50 Rabbis by Letty Cottin Pogrebin.[4] She co-founded congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1974, she founded the now-defunct feminist theater troupe Bat Kol.[5][6]

Gottlieb led a Fellowship of Reconciliation delegation to Iran in 2008, thus becoming the first female rabbi to visit Iran in a public delegation since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.[7]

Gottlieb supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.[8]

Gottlieb authored She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism (1995).[9]

A 2013 dissertation from the University of New Mexico's department of anthropology, “Storied Lives in a Living Tradition: Women Rabbis and Jewish Community in 21st Century New Mexico,” by Dr. Miria Kano, discusses Gottlieb and four other female rabbis of New Mexico.[10]


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  2. ^ "Jewish Heroes in America". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pioneering rabbi finds deep satisfaction in storytelling, living life...", Albuquerque Journal, January 2, 2000. "Gottlieb, a nationally known storyteller, was the first woman to be ordained as a rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement and the third generation in her family to found a synagogue.
  4. ^ Letty Cottin Pogrebin: 50 Top Rabbis, The Washington Post / Newsweek On Faith: A Conversation on Religion with Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn, April 29, 2007. Accessed June 19, 2007.
  5. ^ "The Torah of Nonviolence - Tricycle". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ / U.S. Rabbi Leads Delegation to Iran[permanent dead link], "The Jerusalem Post", April 28, 2008. Accessed May 6, 2008.[dead link]
  8. ^ / Is BDS the Way to End the Occupation?, "Tikkun Magazine", July/August, 2010. Accessed October, 7 2013.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  10. ^ "The Women Rabbis Of New Mexico". The Jewish Daily Forward. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.