Sally J. Priesand is retiring after 34 years since receiving her ordination as a rabbi. She has led the congregation at Tinton Falls, New Jersey, since 1981 – she received her ordination from Hebrew Union College in 1972. Rabbi Priesand has never married because of her dedication to her duties (or at least that’s what the AP tells us). Since her ordination, over 1000 women have been ordained as rabbis in Jewish religious streams that include Reconstructionist, Reform and (since 1985), Conservative.
“I was from an Orthodox background so it was very unusual to see a woman performing as a rabbi,” said Karen Karl, a temple member for 15 years. “It was the first time I ever held a Torah and said the blessing. This was where I truly connected as a Jew, with [Rabbi Priesand]. She’s a unique individual.”
Best wishes to the Rabbi, and refuah shlema since she is retiring because of health problems.