Janet Marder

Janet Marder was the first female president of the Reform Movement's Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), which means she was the first woman to lead a major rabbinical organization and the first woman to lead any major Jewish co-ed religious organization in the United States; she became president of the CCAR in 2003.[1] She was also the first woman and the first non-congregational rabbi to be elected as the President of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis.[2]

She was born in Los Angeles, and was ordained in New York in 1979 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, a Reform seminary.[3] She became the first ordained rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (the world's first gay and lesbian synagogue recognized by Reform Judaism) in 1983.[3][4] While there she founded NECHAMA, an AIDS-education program for the Jewish community.[4] In 1988, she became the assistant director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Pacific Southwest Council, where she worked for eleven years, eventually becoming director.[2] In 1999, she became the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California.[3]

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  1. ^ "Rabbi Janet Marder becomes president of Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)". Jwa.org. 2003-03-26. Retrieved 2010-11-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Who is involved: National Interreligious Leadership". Adifferentfuture.org. Retrieved 2011-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Beth Am Professional Staff". Betham.org. 2006-11-14. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "This Week in History - Rabbi Janet Marder becomes president of Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) | Jewish Women's Archive". Jwa.org. 2003-03-26. Retrieved 2011-12-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)