Orthodox Jews allow female rabbis

Posted: August 11, 2018 at 2:11 a.m.

Rabbanit Hadas “Dasi” Fruchter stands among the pews at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Md. With the help of a grant that helps female-friendly synagogues, Fruchter — one among a handful of ordained female clergy in the Hasidic Orthodox church — is opening her own synagogue next year in Philadelphia.

Taking on positions as clergy in a tradition where women have never been clergy before, they have adopted a variety of titles. Some call themselves rosh kehilah, meaning "head of the community." Some go by maharat. Rabbanit. Rabba. And even rabbi.

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