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Joy as Dina Brawer becomes Britain’s first female Orthodox rabbi

She has been awarded an Orthodox semichah (Rabbinic ordination) after four years’ intensive Jewish study

    Rabba Dina Brawer and Rabbi Dr Daniel Sperber (Photo: Yakir Brawer)
    Rabba Dina Brawer and Rabbi Dr Daniel Sperber (Photo: Yakir Brawer)

    Dina Brawer has become Britain’s first female Orthodox rabbi.

    She will be known as Rabba Dina after Rabbi Dr Daniel Sperber signed her semicha certificate in London following a two-hour exam on Monday.

    Rabba Dina has spent four years taking part in the Orthodox women’s ordination programme at Yeshivat Maharat in New York.

    She told the JC she had first considered studying to become a rabbi in 2013.

    Milan-born Rabba Dina set up the UK branch of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) and has worked to increase women’s voices in Orthodox communities.

    She is expected to give a series of Shabbat sermons in London this summer and will be honoured at the first Jofa UK dinner on July 8, before moving to the United States with her husband, Rabbi Naftali Brawer, and family later this year.

    Read our interview with Rabba Dina from earlier this year

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