Last month, Newsweek released it’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America. And as in other years, the list fell short in fully capturing the accomplishments of the country’s female rabbis. So the Forward took things into its own hands, releasing the Sisterhood 50, which focuses solely on 50 women rabbis in America (and 5 in Israel for good measure).
Just like the New York Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 list, the Sisterhood 50 is chock full of women rabbis who are using their influence to inspire strong service-minded communities. Of course, becoming a rabbi is in itself a lifelong commitment to service, but these women are going above and beyond. Here are some of the highlights:
Rabbi Sharon Brous – founded IKAR, an Los Angeles-based congregation that includes social justice as one of its pillars.
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin – founded the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network.
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen – rabbi for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the country’s largest openly LGBT-friendly congregation.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs – author of “There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law and Tradition,” and rabbi-in-residence for Jewish Funds for Justice.
Rabbi Stephanie Kolin – runs the Los Angeles office of Just Congregations and has been a long time leader and teacher of community-based organizing.
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann – founded and serves as the rabbi at Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn, is co-chair of Rabbis for Human Rights – North America, and services on Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s rabbinic council.
Rabbi Myrna Masta – serves as a rabbinic pastoral trauma counselor in Mississippi, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Rabbi Jennie Rosen – program director at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which focuses on social justice, health and ecological initiatives.
Rabbi Joanna Samuels – director of strategic initiatives at the non-profit, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community.
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub – cofounder and executive director of Encounter, which fosters communication between Jews and Palestinians.
Read about the rest of the amazing Sisterhood 50 here.