Monday, March 14, 2005

A headline of her own

This weekend feature in the Jerusalem Post, about how difficult women ordained by the Conservative movement in Israel are finding it to be accepted as community rabbis, really must be read in conjunction with this JTA article. Apparently, 20 years after the first Conservative women rabbis were ordained in the States, a woman has finally been hired as rabbi of a community with more than 500 families.
“We see this as groundbreaking,” said Rabbi Perry Raphael Rank, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative movement’s rabbinical arm.
“It’s groundbreaking from the perspective that we have been talking about a glass ceiling, and she has broken that glass ceiling and risen to a much larger congregation than women have risen to until this point,” said, Rank, who is the spiritual leader of Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, N.Y.
Puts difficulties in Israel into perspective.
Incidentally, the JPost really must find a new headline writer. This week's feature was 'A pulpit of her own'; last week they had, 'A Gemara of her own.' Some creativity, please!

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