In a break with tradition, Orthodox Jewish women are leading synagogues

Source: The Washington Post

Taking on positions as clergy in a tradition where women have never been clergy before, they have adopted a variety of titles. Some call themselves rosh kehilah, meaning “head of the community.” Some go by maharatRabbanitRabba. And even rabbi.

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That’s right. There are female rabbis now in Orthodox Judaism.

Not many, to be sure. Since Rabbi Avi Weiss privately ordained Rabba Sara Hurwitz in 2009 and declared her the first female Orthodox clergywoman — then founded a school, Yeshivat Maharat, to train more — his school has ordained 21 women. A handful of other women have been ordained privately, before and after.

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