by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

There’s no prophet in her own land . . .

In a surprise move, Judith Hauptman, esteemed professor of Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, will soon be ordained as a rabbi— but not at the flagship institution of the Conservative movement, where she has taught rabbinical students and others since 1974. Instead, she will receive her own rabbinic ordination from the non-denominational Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale, New York. Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS Chancellor, last year refused Hauptman’s request to take the few courses she still needed to qualify for ordination. The Forward newspaper reported. Hauptman received her doctorate from JTS in 1982, one year before the Conservative movement began to admit women into its rabbinical program.

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