Timeline of women rabbis

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This is a timeline of women rabbis.

  • 1935: In Germany, Regina Jonas was ordained privately and became the world's first female rabbi.[1]
  • 1972: American Sally Priesand became the first female rabbi ordained in America, and is believed to be only the second woman ever to be formally ordained in the history of Judaism.[2]
  • 1974: American Sandy Eisenberg Sasso became the first female rabbi ordained in Reconstructionist Judaism.[3][4]
  • 1975: Jackie Tabick, born in Dublin, became the first female rabbi in Britain.[5][6]
  • 1976: Michal Mendelsohn became the first presiding female rabbi in a North American congregation when she was hired by Temple Beth El Shalom in San Jose, California.[7][8]
  • 1976: American Sandy Eisenberg Sasso became the first rabbi to be a mother when her son David was born in 1976.[9]
  • 1977: American Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and her husband Dennis Sasso became the first couple to serve jointly as rabbis when they were hired by Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis.[10]
  • 1979: Linda Joy Holtzman became the first woman to serve as a rabbi for a Conservative congregation when she was hired by Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County, which was then located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.[11] She had graduated in 1979 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, yet was hired by Beth Israel despite their being a Conservative congregation.[12]
  • 1980: Joan Friedman became the first woman to serve as a rabbi in Canada, when she was appointed as an Assistant Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.[13] Her appointment was followed shortly after by that of Elyse Goldstein as Assistant Rabbi from 1983-1986. Due to confusion, Goldstein has been (wrongly) noted as the first female rabbi in Canada.[14]

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