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First female rabbi ordained in Germany since 1935


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/first_female_rabbi_ordained_in_germany_since_1935_20101105

Germany's Reform rabbinical seminary ordained three new rabbis, including the first woman to become a rabbi in Germany since before the Holocaust. Thursday's ceremonies at Berlin's Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue marked the third ordination of graduates of the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam since the institution opened in 1999. Standing on the ornate bima and wearing a yarmulka, German President Christian Wulff congratulated the new rabbis. Wulff told the packed synagogue that he was pleased "to witness this moving ceremony" and to "celebrate 200 years of liberal Judaism," as well as the regrowth of Jewish life of all denominations in Germany. Christian and Muslim clerics were among the guests at the ceremony.

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