Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale

A New ‘Rabba’ In Riverdale


The number of women in America with the title “rabba” (female for rabbi) is poised to double next week.

The Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale, a 55-year-old pluralistic seminary, will bestow that title on Kaya Stern-Kaufman, 47, of Great Barrington, Mass., at a ceremony on May 12.

Avi Weiss, an Orthodox rabbi in Riverdale, conferred the same title last year on Sara Hurwitz, who studied for three years at the Drisha Institute and five years with Rabbi Weiss.

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman: Follows seven generations of Orthodox rabbis in her family.
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