Religion: End of a Vigil

A first for Jewish women

For years Judaism's Conservative branch struggled over whether women should become rabbis. Reform Jews, more liberal, have ordained women since 1972, and 71 are now rabbis. But the Conservatives warily delayed, until in 1983 the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary voted to train and ordain women. Last week, with the first female seminarian about to graduate, the cycle was completed when the Rabbinical Assembly, the organization of Conservative rabbis in the U.S. and Canada, announced it would admit to membership anyone ordained by the seminary, male or female.

Ready and able to join after her May ordination is Amy Eilberg,...

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