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Jewish Heritage Museum to Exhibit : Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Historical Memorabilia

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Sally PriesandThe Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County (JHMOMC) is pleased to announce the premiere of an exhibit featuring a collection of unique and historically significant items of Ocean Township resident Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first female rabbi to be ordained in America.  Among the memorabilia on display will be letters and photographs, newspaper clippings, paintings, mementos, gifts and other special possessions gathered during her 37 years in the rabbinate.

“A Few of My Favorite Things: The Historical Memorabilia of Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, America’s First Female Rabbi” will open with an Invitational Evening Reception on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 6-9pm. The exhibit will remain on display through March 16, 2010 at the Freehold Township museum.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Rabbi Priesand will offer an hour-long presentation titled “Reflections on My Life as a Rabbi” on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm, which will be open to the public. All proceeds from the exhibit and its related events will benefit the development and installation of the museum’s Timeline, an innovative permanent exhibit that will trace the Jewish population in America and in Monmouth County using traditional museum display methods alongside cutting-edge interactive techniques.

Rabbi Priesand was ordained in 1972 and served three synagogues over the course of her career. She led the congregation of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls for 25 years before her retirement in 2006 when she became Rabbi Emerita.  Currently she is active on the board of the JHMOMC and also chairs the Clergy Advisory Committee of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and serves on the board of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center at Brookdale Community College. She is president of Interfaith Neighbors and editor of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) newsletter.

Now in its second year in the 19th century Levi Solomon barn at 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is a dedicated to the promotion of public awareness of the County’s Jewish heritage for the education and enjoyment of both children and adults. Its mission is to present exhibits, programs and publications that celebrate, preserve, explore and illustrate the rich and unique history of the Jewish residents of Monmouth County. The museum is handicapped-accessible and open to the public on Sundays from 11:00am - 3:00pm and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Group tours can be arranged. For more information, contact the museum at 732-252-6990 or visit the website at


Contact: Barbara Michaels at 732-308-3431

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