Female Rabbi Assumes Unprecedented Leadership Position

March 21, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 21, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "a suburban rabbi will become the first woman to head a major board of rabbis in the United States when she takes over as president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis in May." Rabbi Ellen Dreyfus "was the first woman rabbi in Illinois when she was ordained in 1979."