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.
- In advance of Shavuot, ARZA President Rabbi Daniel Allen asked, “Can It Be That Only Men Were At Sinai?” and wrote of Israel’s gender disparity problem.
- 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?!”
- Rabbi Marla Feldman of WRJ reminds us that even before Sally Priesand was ordained, there were other strong Jewish women fighting for their place on the bimah.
- The first female rabbi of a major metropolitan synagogue recalls the time someone asked her, “What is more important – your Judaism or your feminism?” Her answer is perfect.
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!