Who was the first British woman rabbi?


When Jacqueline Tabick was ordained in 1975 at the Leo Baeck Jewish seminary, many British synagogues didn’t even have mixed seating for men and women.

However Jackie, as she was known, was determined to persevere and continued to work for over twenty years at the West London Synagogue.

On the death of the head rabbi in 1996, it was expected that Jackie would take over but even after leading the congregation for two years she was turned down.

She moved to lead the North West Surrey Synagogue in 1999 where she remained until her retirement in 2013.

She subsequently became co-president of the World Congress of Faiths which was founded in 1936 to promote inter-faith dialogue.

Photo credit: NW Surrey Synagogue Hassocks5489, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons