Posts Tagged: Yeshivat Maharat Results 7
In the past couple of weeks, the Jewish media has been abuzz with the news that Rabbi Lila Kagedan has been hired to work as a part time member of the clergy team at the Mt. Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, NJ. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, she has chosen to use the title rabbi since her ordination last June, adding yet another name to the diverse list of titles used by the Orthodox women who serve their communities—Yoetzet, Rosh Kehilla, Community Scholar, Maharat, Morateinu, Rabba, Rabbi.
Dear Rabbinical Council of America,
Ironically, Friday’s announcement banning Orthodox women clergy by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) is an acknowledgement of the reality and impact of Orthodox women clergy. We are facts on the ground. I am the Rabba the RCA is decrying. I received ordination from Yeshivat Maharat in June this year and fully consider myself a member of the clergy. In some ways I’m lucky, as an Australian living in Jerusalem for the last four years, I’ve mostly been removed from the internal dynamics of Orthodox community politics and sectarianism. At the same time, I am willing to open my heart to hear deep concerns that people have, even when their concerns may directly negate me — and my values.
Courtesy of Dasi Fruchter
Three years ago this month, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history in the Jewish world by becoming the first publicly ordained female rabbi in the Orthodox community. Since then, the 35-year-old mother of three has been working as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, an institution dedicated to training women Orthodox clergy, as well as working as Rabba at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. The first three women are set to graduate this June with the title of Maharat — an acronym for “Religious, spiritual, Torah leaders” — marking yet another important milestone for women in Orthodoxy. Rabba Hurwitz spoke to The Sisterhood to explain what this all means.