Rabbinic Sister Act

This post first appeared on The Sisterhood blog at the Forward.

There have been countless examples throughout Jewish history of children following parents into the rabbinate. There have even been instances in which two or more siblings, especially male ones, have chosen to become rabbis. But a family in which all three daughters get ordained? There have been no documented cases — until now.

The Reform movement’s flagship seminary, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, has just released this video, which celebrates that Ilana Mills has newly joined her sisters, Mari Chernow and Jordana Chernow-Reader, in the Reform rabbinate. That apparently makes them the first family to have scored a female rabbinic hat trick.

Click here to read more and watch a video.

© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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