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List of famous female rabbis, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female rabbis list contains the most prominent and top females known for being rabbis. There are thousand of females working as rabbis in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic rabbis have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a rabbi then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female rabbis, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female rabbis?" and "Who are the best female rabbis?"
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Sally Priesand


Sally Jane Priesand is America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary, and the second formally ordained female rabbi in Jewish history, after Regina Jonas. Priesand was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on June 3rd, 1972, at the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati. After her ordination she served first as assistant and then as associate rabbi at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, and later led Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, New Jersey from 1981 until her retirement in 2006. ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America


Rabbi Julia Babette Sarah Neuberger, Baroness Neuberger, DBE is a member of the British House of Lords. She formerly took the Liberal Democrat whip, but resigned from the party and joined the Crossbenches in September 2011 upon becoming the full-time Senior Rabbi to the West London Synagogue. ...more

Age: 68

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Regina Jonas was a Berlin-born rabbi. In 1935, she became the first woman to be ordained as a rabbi. ...more

Age: Died at 42 (1902-1944)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Amy Eilberg is the first female rabbi ordained in Conservative Judaism. She was ordained in 1985 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, one of the academic centers and spiritual centers of Conservative Judaism. ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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