Looking Back on a Month of Strong Women



As May comes to a close, we’re looking back on all the powerful, personal blog posts on RJ.org this month celebrating the role of women in Reform Judaism. In just a few days, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Sally Priesand’s ordination as the first female rabbi. We’ve come a long way since then! Here, a few highlights:

  • In “Immersed in History,” newly ordained Rabbi Jen Gubitz gives a first-person narrative of her trip to the mikvah with the other female members of her rabbinical class.
  • On the RACblog, social justice activist Allison Grossman speaks of her own debt to Rabbi Sally Priesand, even if she’s not a rabbi, a layleader, or a Jewish professional.
  • After a childhood full of only women of the bimah, Jesse Paikin remembers the first time he met a male rabbi. At 8 years old, he asked his mother, “Men can be rabbis?!”

There’s still time to join the conversation on any and all of this month’s “40 years of Women on the Bimah” posts and tell us why you’re proud to be a Jewish woman!

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and currently resides in Red Bank, N.J.

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