VIDEO: HOLY SPARKS – Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate

The Holy Sparks exhibition at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in NYC pairs leading artists with 24 women rabbis to illuminate the creativity, commitment, and vision of women who were “firsts” in their time. Their challenges and contributions, struggles and successes, represent the achievements of all women rabbis since June 3, 1972, when Rabbi Sally Priesand was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as the first woman rabbi in America.

Dr. Bernard Heller Museum Director Jean Bloch Rosensaft presents and discusses the art, highlighting works by Jewish Art Salon artists Heddy Abramowitz, Ellen Alt, Siona Benjamin, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Debbie Teicholz Guedalia, Tamar Hirschl, Judy Sirota Rosenthal, Joan Roth, Deborah Ugoretz, Yona Verwer and Ruth Weisberg.

Ronda Spinak, Founder and Director of The Braid, and Co-Chair Lynne Himelstein share about the creation of the STORY ARCHIVE OF WOMEN RABBIS.

More info on the exhibition here

This program is curated and hosted by Dorit Jordan Dotan and Judith Joseph.

The Jewish Art Salon’s Open Studios Program Series is supported by Advisor Yona Verwer and team members Cheselyn Amato and Chana Wiesenthal Elias.

The video was recorded on January 30th, 2022.


Ordination         Rabbi                    Artist 

1972 | RABBI SALLY PRIESAND | JOAN ROTH
1974 | RABBI SANDY EISENBERG SASSO | DEBRA BAND
1975 | RABBI LAURA GELLER | RUTH WEISBERG
1975 | RABBI JACKIE TABICK | SANDY BLEIFER
1981 | RABBI KINNERET SHIRYON | HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ
1982 | RABBI AMY R. PERLIN | DEBORAH UGORETZ
1985 | RABBI AMY EILBERG | PAT BERGER
1986 | RABBI JULIE SCHWARTZ | EMILY BOWEN COHEN
1988 | RABBI DENISE L. EGER | DORIT JORDAN DOTAN
1989 | RABBI NAOMI LEVY | JUDY SIROTA ROSENTHAL
1990 | RABBI PAULINE BEBE | TAMAR HIRSCHL
1992 | RABBI NAAMAH KELMAN | ELLEN ALT
1993 | RABBI ANDREA L. WEISS | DEBBIE TEICHOLZ GUEDALIA
1995 | RABBI DIANE COHLER-ESSES | SIONA BENJAMIN
1998 | RABBI NOA KUSHNER | HARRIETE ESTEL BERMAN
1998 | RABBI HARA PERSON | ELIZABETH LANGER
2001 | RABBI ANGELA WARNICK BUCHDAHL | LAURIE GROSS 
2001 | RABBI SHARON BROUS | PENNY WOLIN
2002 | RABBI CLAUDIA KREIMAN | MARISA TAKAL
2003 | RABBI GESA S. EDERBERG | YONA VERWER
2007 | RABBI TANYA SEGAL | LINDA SOBERMAN
2009 | RABBA SARA HURWITZ | KATHRYN JACOBI 
2012 | RABBI RACHEL ADLER | MARILEE TOLWIN 
2013 | RABBI TAMARA COHN ESKENAZI | CAROL HAMOY

One comment

  1. shoshannahbrombacher · ·

    This was a GREAT presentation!

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