March 8 – International Women’s Day

We got it all this week, today is the International Women’s Day and we are starting Daylight Saving Time, it is just so awesome to wake up an hour earlier but we are strong women and we can do this…. And we will end the week with Friday the 13th.

Women play an important part in our Jewish history.

There have been many articles in today’s newspapers and magazine around women in STEM but let’s take a look at women who became Rabbis.

Here are some highlights from the timeline of female rabbis.

You can find the full list with all references here –

A long, long time ago

The first female Rabbi

  • 1935: In Germany, Regina Jonas was ordained privately and became the world’s first ordained female rabbi.[3]

US and Canada

  • 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.[4]
  • 1980: Joan Friedman became the first woman to serve as a rabbi in Canada in 1980, when she was appointed as an Assistant Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.[18] 
  • 1981: American Lynn Gottlieb became the first female rabbi in Jewish Renewal.[24]


Postwar Germany



South America

  • 1994: Analia Bortz became the first female rabbi ordained in Argentina at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer.[65][66]
  • 2003: Sandra Kochmann, born in Paraguay, became the first female rabbi in Brazil.[92][92][93]


  • 2003: Tsipi Gabai became the first woman from Morocco to be ordained as a rabbi.[94][95]


Happy International Women’s Day!
To all the brave women we know, become and educate.