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]

In 1974, she founded the now-defunct feminist theater troupe Bat Kol.[2][3]

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.[4][5]

She authored She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism (1995).[6]

In 2007 she was selected as one of The Other Top 50 Rabbis by Letty Cottin Pogrebin.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Gottlieb supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.[10]


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  2. ^ "The Torah of Nonviolence - Tricycle". Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  4. ^ "Jewish Heroes in America". Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ / U.S. Rabbi Leads Delegation to Iran[permanent dead link], "The Jerusalem Post", April 28, 2008. Accessed May 6, 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ "The Women Rabbis Of New Mexico". The Jewish Daily Forward. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  10. ^ / Is BDS the Way to End the Occupation?, "Tikkun Magazine", July/August, 2010. Accessed October, 7 2013.