Tuesday, September 17, 2019
4:30 pm Reception
5:30–7:00 pm Panel Discussion
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
The story of women in the rabbinate brings together German and American history. When Sally J. Priesand was ordained at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1972, she became the first woman rabbi in North America. Yet the first woman rabbi in Jewish history was a German woman, Regina Jonas (1902–1944). The American Jewish Archives and the Leo Baeck Institute have joined forces to sponsor a rare and fascinating conversation on women rabbis, then and now, featuring two pioneering women: Rabbi Sally Priesand and Rabbi Sonja Pilz, who was ordained at the Abraham Geiger College in Germany in 2015.