Who We Are

The Women’s Rabbinic Network (WRN) is a constituent group of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). It was created in 1975 by a group of female rabbinic students to provide the support and advocacy needed in the early years of women in the Reform rabbinate. Since then, the organization has grown to include over 650 women reform rabbis who have been ordained since 1972 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The WRN has consistently worked to promote the personal and professional growth of female rabbis and rabbinic students within the Reform Movement.

Women Rabbis have had a profound impact on the world Jewish community.  We have contributed to the growth of feminist biblical commentary and midrash, and have paved  the path for ritual innovation and creativity.  As rabbis in congregations, in Hillels, as chaplains in geriatric and hospital settings, as educators, teachers, healers, professors and poets, we are all making a significant contribution to our community.

The tallit that blesses and graces the pages of our site was painted by our members in attendance at our convention in Berkeley, CA in 1993, under the direction of Nancy Katz, tallit artist extraordinaire!

WRN Statement against RCA Ban on Orthodox Women Rabbis