This Day in Jewish History 2010: Orthodox Rabbi Names a Rabba (And Won’t Do It Again)

Although Sara Hurwitz had already been ordained as ‘maharat’ by a maverick Bronx rabbi, changing her title to rabbi triggered protest.

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On January 27, 2010, Rabbi Avraham (Avi) Weiss, of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, in the Bronx, New York, announced that, effective immediately, the title held by Sara Hurwitz, a member of the Orthodox...