Celebrating Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the first woman Reconstructionalist rabbi

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Thirty-six years ago today, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was ordained as the first female Reconstructionist rabbi by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Philadelphia on May 19, 1974.

Sandy Sasso’s ordination came only 2 years after Sally Priesand’s, who is known as the first woman rabbi and was ordained in the Reform movement. As some of the first women in a rabbinical role, the Jewish community looked to leaders like Priesand and Sasso for guidance on women’s issues and women’s roles. As a result, Sandy Sasso became one of the first voices of feminist Judaism.

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