Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women's Ordination 1889-1985

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Beacon Press, 1999 - Religion - 320 pages
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"The definitive study of 'the road to women's ordination' in Judaism."

—Jonathan D. Sarna, author of The American Jewish Experience



Pamela S. Nadell mines a wealth of untapped sources to bring us the first complete story of the outstanding Jewish women who passionately defended their right to equal religious participation through rabbinical ordination. These personal stories—of w omen like Ray Frank, hailed as "the girl rabbi of the golden West" at the turn of the century, and Sally Priesand, ordained in 1972 as the first woman rabbi—are woven with fascinating history and accounts of the controversies that continue in many Je wish communities today. Women Who Would Be Rabbis is a 1998 National Jewish Book Award finalist.
 

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Jewish women have been struggling with the "women's issue" for centuries. They have had unequal rights in marriage and divorce, have not been allowed to worship alongside men in their synagogues or ... Read full review

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Contents

Could notour womenbeministers? RAISING THE QUESTION OF WOMENS RABBINIC ORDINATION 1889
1
Make a highway for woman RISING EXPECTATIONS FOR WOMENS ORDINATION THE 1890s
30
Woman cannot justly be denied the privilege of ordination 1922
61
An idea whose time has come 1972
118
Qualifying her to teach is one thing Ordaining her as a rabbi is quite another THE DEBATE IN CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM
170
Will there be Orthodox women rabbis? 1984
215
Notes
221
Abbreviations
285
Acknowledgments
287
Index
291
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Pamela S. Nadell is director of the Jewish studies program at American University in Washington, D.C., and resides in Rockville, Maryland.

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