Sixteen JTS Alumnae Included in Forward’s Inaugural List of Influential Female Rabbis:

Prominent Women in America and Israel are Recognized

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The Sisterhood, a blog on the Forward website dedicated to women’s issues, has published a list of influential female rabbis. The list was created in response to Newsweek’s male-dominated annual directory of the fifty most influential rabbis in America.

In its inaugural year of publication, the list includes 16 alumnae of The Jewish Theological Seminary; among them, graduates of Seminary College (now the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies), The Graduate School, and The Rabbinical School of JTS. There are pulpit rabbis, teachers, academics, caregivers, and institutional leaders.

The sixteen JTS alums are:

Sharon Brous (RS ’01), founder, IKAR; Los Angeles, CA
Nina Beth Cardin (SC ’73, GS ’79, RS ’88), founder, Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network; Baltimore, MD
Ayelet S. Cohen (RS ’02), rabbi, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah; New York, NY
Amy Eilberg (GS ’78, RS ’85), interfaith dialogue program director, Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning and St. Paul Interfaith Network; Saint Paul, MN
Jill Hammer (RS ’01), founder, Tel Shemesh; cofounder, Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute; director of spiritual education, Transdenominational Academy for Jewish Religion; Riverdale, NY 
Judith Hauptman (SC ’67, GS ’73, GS ’82), E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, JTS; founder of Ohel Ayalah; New York, NY
Jill Jacobs (GS ’03, RS ’03), former rabbi-in-residence at Jewish Funds for Justice; New York, NY
Naomi Levy (RS ’89), nationally recognized speaker and author; leader, Nashuva; Los Angeles, CA
Myrna Masta (RS ’93), rabbinic pastoral trauma counselor for Gulf Coast recovery; Mississippi and New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA
Debra Newman Kamin (RS ’90), rabbi, Congregation Am Yisrael; Northfield, IL
Sara Paasche-Orlow (RS ’96), director of religious and chaplaincy services, Hebrew Senior-Life; Boston, MA
Joanna Samuels (RS ’02), director of strategic initiatives, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community; New York, NY
Julie Schonfeld (RS ’97), executive vice president, Rabbinical Assembly; New York, NY
Mychal Springer (RS ’92), Helen Fried Kirshblum Goldstein Chair in Professional and Pastoral Skills, JTS; director, Center for Pastoral Education at JTS; New York, NY
Melissa Weintraub (RS ’06), cofounder and co-executive director, Encounter; New York, NY
Einat Ramon (RS ’89), lecturer, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies; Jerusalem, Israel