“Can We Talk?” episode 74: A Half-Century of Women Rabbis


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

Fifty years ago, Rabbi Sally Priesand made history by becoming the first woman rabbi in America. In this episode of the podcast Can We Talk?, women rabbis from three Jewish denominations reflect on the milestone. We speak with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, and Rabbi Sandra Lawson about the challenges they’ve faced, and how their presence in the rabbinate is shaping the Jewish community. This is the final episode in our three-part anniversary series.

This episode included Color Country by The Balloonist from Blue Dot Sessions. 

The Jewish Women’s Archive

The St. Louis Jewish Light is proud to announce a new partnership with the JWA. Together, we will bring many parts of the JWA collection to St. Louis readers, as well as promote the “Can We Talk?” podcast by sharing both current and past relevant episodes each week.

The Jewish Women’s Archive is a national organization dedicated to collecting and promoting the extraordinary stories of Jewish women. JWA explores the past as a framework for understanding the issues important to women today; inspires young people with remarkable role models; and uses Jewish women’s stories to excite people to see themselves as agents of change.

This website is the world’s largest collection of information on Jewish women and draws 2.5 million visitors a year seeking information, inspiration, community, and a sense of identity. We hope you enjoy exploring the thousands of stories of inspiring women here! JWA also hosts public programs; trains the thought leaders of tomorrow through the Rising Voices Fellowship; sparks conversation with its blogpodcast, and social media presence; and is a leading voice in feminist and Jewish spheres.

Join us! There are many ways to get involved with JWA, including:

  • Subscribe to JWA’s podcast, “Can We Talk?
  • Read with the JWA Book Club
  • Follow “Jewish Women, Amplified,” JWA’s popular blog on feminism, history makers, and current events
  • Teach for a variety of educational settings
  • Create a tribute to a special woman in your life (and add her to the archive) with We Celebrate
  • Find unique merchandise, including the “Feminist History-Makers” series, in the JWA Shop
  • Make a donation to support a resource and community like no other

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