by Sarah Blustain

It Helps to Be a Feminist

How rabbis are using theory and practice to open up the synagogue

Time was, if you were a woman, it was a cutting-edge feminist act to become rabbi. When Sally Priesand was ordained, in 1972, by her very presence she broke the Reform movement’s 125-year male-only history; Sandy Sasso joined the Reconstructionist movement’s second ordination class as the only woman—and saw only a dozen follow her in as many years.

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