Second female “rabba” to be ordained

By JTA
April 28, 2011 17:49




A second woman will be ordained under the title rabba.

The Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale is set to ordain Kaya Stern-Kaufman, 47, of Great Barrington, Mass., at a ceremony on May 12, the New York Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

Her ordination comes a year after Rabbi Avi Weiss, who heads the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, a modern Orthodox synagogue in the Bronx, conferred the title rabba on Sara Hurwitz, who serves the congregation, causing controversy throughout the Orthodox world.

A month after ordaining Hurwitz, Weiss said that he would no longer ordain women with the title rabba. Weiss is not affiliated with the Academy of Jewish Religion.

Stern-Kaufman, who previously worked as a clinical social worker and as a Feng Shui consultant in architecture, and as a part-time Jewish educator, is following seven generations of Orthodox rabbis in her family, the Jewish Week reports. 


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