First Yeshivat Maharat Graduate Who Calls Herself ‘Rabbi’ Hired by Orthodox Synagogue

Lila Kagedan, the first Yehsivat Maharat graduate to call herself 'rabbi' says 'change is difficult and frightening.'

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Yeshivat Maharat graduates, June 16, 2013.
Yeshivat Maharat graduates, June 16, 2013.Credit: Joe Winkler / JTA Photo Service

The first graduate of to take the title “rabbi” said she has been hired by an unnamed American Orthodox synagogue.

Lila Kagedan, who was ordained this summer by the seminary created by Open Orthodox Rabbi Avi Weiss to train Orthodox female clergy, told the London-based Jewish Chronicle this week that she was recruited to join the staff of a congregation she declined to name.

Graduates of the New York seminary have so far eschewed taking the title rabbi, though the school is explicit that its mission is to train  Most have taken on the title “maharat”, an acronym that translates roughly to female spiritual leader. Kagedan reportedly is the first graduate to call herself a rabbi.

In the interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Kagedan, a native of Canada, acknowledged that “change is difficult and frightening.

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