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 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_women_rabbis
A long, long time ago
- 1590-1670: Asenath Barzani is considered the first female rabbi of Jewish history by some scholars.
- 1805-1888 Hannah Rachel Verbermacher (the Maiden of Ludmir) was the only independent female Rebbe in the history of Hasidism.
The first female Rabbi
- 1935: In Germany, Regina Jonas was ordained privately and became the world’s first ordained female rabbi.
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.
- 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.
- 1981: American Lynn Gottlieb became the first female rabbi in Jewish Renewal.
- 1975: Jackie Tabick, born in Dublin, became the first female rabbi in Britain.
- 1990: Pauline Bebe became the first female rabbi in France.
- 1997: Chava Koster became the first female rabbi from the Netherlands.
- 2001: Eveline Goodman-Thau became the first female rabbi in Austria.
- 2004: Barbara Aiello, born in the United States, became the first female rabbi in Italy.
- 2005: Floriane Chinsky, born in France, became Belgium’s first female rabbi.
- 2005: Elisa Klapheck, born in Germany, became the first female rabbi in the Netherlands.
- 2007: Tanya Segal, born in Russia, became the first full-time female rabbi in Poland.
- 2009: Lynn Feinberg became the first female rabbi in Norway, where she was born.
- 2011: Sandra Kviat became the first female rabbi from Denmark; she was ordained in England.
- 1995: Bea Wyler, born in Switzerland, who had studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, became the first female rabbi in postwar Germany, in the city of Oldenburg.
- 2000: Helga Newmark, born in Germany, became the first female Holocaust survivor ordained as a rabbi. She was ordained in America.
- 2010: Alina Treiger, born in Ukraine, became the first female rabbi to be ordained in Germany since World War II.
- 2011: Antje Deusel became the first German-born woman to be ordained as a rabbi in Germany since the Nazi era. She was ordained by Abraham Geiger College.
- 1988: American Stacy Offner became the first openly lesbian rabbi hired by a mainstream Jewish congregation (Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis).
- 1993: Rebecca Dubowe became the first Deaf woman to be ordained as a rabbi in the United States.
- 2001: Angela Warnick Buchdahl, born in Korea, became the first Asian-American rabbi.
- 2002: Jacqueline Mates-Muchin was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, and thus became the first Chinese-American rabbi.
- 2009: Alysa Stanton, born in Cleveland and ordained by a Reform Jewish seminary in Cincinnati, became the world’s first black female rabbi. Later in 2009 she began work as a rabbi at Congregation Bayt Shalom, a small majority-white synagogue in Greenville, North Carolina, making her the first African-American rabbi to lead a majority-white congregation.
- 2012: American Emily Aviva Kapor, who had been ordained privately by a “Conservadox” rabbi in 2005, began living as a woman in 2012, thus becoming the first openly transgender female rabbi.
- 2015: Mira Rivera became the first Filipino-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi.
- 1994: Analia Bortz became the first female rabbi ordained in Argentina at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer.
- 2003: Sandra Kochmann, born in Paraguay, became the first female rabbi in Brazil.
- 1981: Karen Soria, born and ordained in the United States, became Australia’s first female rabbi.
Happy International Women’s Day!
To all the brave women we know, become and educate.