Right-Wing Conservative Synagogue Hires Woman Non-Rabbi

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The Jewish Week is reporting that Kehillat Orach Eliezer, a synagogue founded around Prof. Louis Finkelstein of JTS and until recently led by Prof. David Weiss-Halivni of JTS and Columbia, has hired a woman as its Rosh Kehillah. This is news because the synagogue is “halachic” and not Conservative, nod-nod wink-wink. I suspect that only The Jewish Week will consider this news because everyone else can see that this has nothing to do with Orthodoxy and therefore is not particularly groundbreaking.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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