Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women's Ordination

And the Gates Opened:
Women in the Rabbinate

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In May of 1985, Amy Eilberg made Conservative Jewish history as she stood to receive rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. This moment represented a sea change for Conservative Jews worldwide. The long-term impact of this event, which is only just beginning to be felt, is a growing source of interest to many people today.

As the Conservative Movement prepares to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its ordination of women, a new documentary produced by JTS in conjunction with Diva Communications celebrates this new rabbinic paradigm. From events leading up to 1972, when the Reform Movement first ordained Sally Priesand, to today, when a bat mitzvah girl can realize her dream of becoming a rabbi, "women rabbis have gradually begun reshaping the contours of Conservative Judaism, providing fresh perspectives on Jewish tradition and new models of gendered behavior in Jewish practice." [1] This program explores the rich history behind the ordination of women rabbis, the present situation of women as religious leaders, and the voices of future rabbis growing up with a new rabbinic model.

Slated for its premiere broadcast on January 9, 2005, this program will be seen nationwide on the ABC network. Check back often for local listings and updated broadcast information.

[1] Beth S. Wenger, "The Politics of Women's Ordination," Tradition Renewed, Vol. II.