The Impact of Women in the Rabbinate

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This paper was originally a lecture I gave to a group of rabbis and lay leaders who were participating in a yearly workshop called ‘Partners in Leadership’, the purpose of which was, obviously, to find ways in which those groups could work more effectively together, as groups and in individual congregations. I have no idea of what effect, if any, the talk may have had, though it was published sometime afterwards as one of a series of pamphlets put out under the auspices of Leo Baeck College. I know some of my colleagues and student colleagues read it and found it useful, if only to confirm their own perceptions, and then it sort of sank. The issues I tried to address came up from time to time in various circles (they still do, over and over and over, as if they never had before), but with real seriousness only among the women rabbis, who didn’t need my article to tell them what the scene was. Their own experience was amply informative. I think some of the women rabbinic students who came across it later found it helpful.

European Judaism

A Journal for the New Europe

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