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Temple Israel to host America's first female rabbi

Published 6:07 pm, Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Temple Israel will hold a talk by Sally J. Priesand, America's first female rabbi, on her career at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the temple, 14 Coleytown Road.

Priesand was ordained in June 1972 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. From 1981 to 2006, she served as rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple, becoming rabbi emerita upon her retirement, according to a news release.

Nationally, she has served on the executive board of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism. She also served as a member of the board of governors of HUC-JIR, as president of the Rabbinic Alumni Association, and for three years as editor of the CCAR Newsletter.

In 2007, she invited her female rabbinic colleagues of all denominations to join her in donating their professional and personal papers to the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati to document the history of women in the rabbinate, the release states.

Locally, she is an honorary vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County and president of Interfaith Neighbors. She also chairs the Clergy Advisory Committee of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey and serves on the national Clergy Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood.

She is chairwoman of the membership committee of the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College and is an active supporter of the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, the release states.

This lecture, held in memory of Rabbi Alexander Schindler, is free and open to the public.

For information, call 203-227-1293 or go to www.tiwestport.org.