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Women Rabbis Talk

Women Rabbis Talk

By Rabbi Emma Gottlieb & Rabbi Marci Bellows
Two women rabbis talking with other women rabbis about being women rabbis.
AND we have SWAG!
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Episode 3.3: Talkin' About the Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice
As we've learned in previous episodes, abortion is permitted in Jewish tradition. On May 17, 2022, a large "Jewish Rally for Abortion Justice" was held in Washington, DC. Rabbi Marci Bellows attended and captured the thoughts of more than twenty of her colleagues as they marched for women's rights, reproductive rights for all pregnant individuals, and basic health care rights.  Following some introductory reactions from Emma and Marci, allow yourself to be moved and heartened by the many voices of Jewish leaders committed to fighting for Abortion Justice.  For more information:  Support the Jewish Fund for Abortion Justice: National Council of Jewish Women: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: Planned Parenthood Action Fund: Abortion Justice is a Jewish Value! 
May 20, 2022
Episode 3.2 - Talkin' About Abortions with Rabbi Rachael Pass
Join us for this very important (dare we say groundbreaking?) conversation with Rabbi Rachael Pass about Jewish views on abortions and why (most) women rabbis don't share about their personal experiences of abortion. This is an episode we are particularly proud of so don't miss out! Rachael's article on her own personal connection to abortion can be found here:  If you should feel moved to do so, please support Planned Parenthood by using this link to donate or get involved: . We are also sharing the link to the piece by Rabbi Liz P.G. Hirsch that we discussed in our What Are We Talking About segment: We invite your thoughts, comments, feedback, and questions! Hit us up on the socials!
March 17, 2022
3.1 - Where Have You Been?
And....we're back! You may have noticed we disappeared for a while. Want to know why? Tune in to find out! In this episode, Rabbis Marci & Emma also discuss whether or not they apologise too often and if Valentines Day is Jewish (or not so much).
February 16, 2022
Episode 2.10: Talkin’ about Foster Care & Adoption with Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty
In our latest episode, Rabbi Emma Gottlieb and Rabbi Marci Bellows welcome guest Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty (yes, she was actually fully ordained with both titles! Whoa!). Raina talks with us about the true Mitzvah of Foster Care as well as adoption of children in need of families. She is a superstar of a clergy person and a mom, and we really enjoyed talking with her. Bonus: she ends the episode by blessing ALL of us. 
August 09, 2021
Episode 2.9 - Talkin' About Online Communities with Rabbi Heather Miller
Rabbi Marci Bellows and Rabbi Emma Gottlieb were thrilled to welcome Rabbi Heather Miller, the entrepreneurial creator of the online Jewish community, Keeping it Sacred. In this episode, Rabbi Miller teaches us about following one’s heart, how our rabbinic work honors those who come before us, and the ways that she led the way in creating an online community before they became a necessity in the post-COVID world. OUR SWAG STORE!
July 12, 2021
Bonus Episode: Talkin' About The Women's Rabbinic Network Convention!
We welcome back our Consulting Correspondents  (our Corresponding Consultants?) Rabbi Elisa Koppel and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz for a review of the highlights of the recent WRN (Women's Rabbinic Network) Convention: Journey to 50! The Convention, celebrated virtually over Zoom, focused on five decades of women rabbis, and the coming 50th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand, the very first woman rabbi ordained in North America. Come along to hear what women rabbis talk about when they are only around other women rabbis!!  Women Rabbis Talk Swag available here: Check our Rabbi Elisa Koppel's amazing Spotify playlist which she made for the convention: You'll see why she added this skill to her resume!
June 11, 2021
Episode 2:8 - Does Size Matter? Talking About Rabbinic Career Paths with Rabbi Tamar Grimm
Rabbi Tamar Grimm shares with us important thoughts about how we evaluate success in our own rabbinates. What are the external and internal pressures, benchmarks and factors in our personal lives that lead us to the decisions we make about our rabbinates?
May 28, 2021
Episode 2.7: Talkin' about Liberal Zionism with Rabbi Lea Muhlstein
It's not always easy to feel passionate about Israel and passionate about liberal, progressive ideals. Rabbi Lea Muhlstein serves as the Chair of Arzenu Olami, the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Liberal Zionists. She is also a Co-Senior Rabbi at the Ark Synagogue in London. Plus - what to think about all the Evangelical "Zionists" and what they really think about us! We were thrilled to talk with her, and we know you'll love hearing from her, too!  Also available with Closed Captions at
April 27, 2021
Episode 2.6: Talkin' About Race and the Rabbinate with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder
Wait, there are Jews who aren’t Askenazic from Eastern Europe? Black Lives Matter isn’t just about THEM? There are rabbis and cantors who aren’t WHITE? Well, of course. This episode, we are honored to talk with Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., Education Director and Rabbi-in-Residence at Be’Chol Lashon ( We learn more about the very important work going on in the area of racial and cultural diversity and inclusion. Enjoy! Watch this episode with closed captioning Read a transcript of this episode.
April 05, 2021
Episode 2.5: Sofia Zway - Becoming a Rabbi in a Pandemic
We chat with rabbinical student Sofia Zway about how the pandemic has changed the experience of rabbinical studies and internships.
March 21, 2021
Episode 2.4: Talkin' About Our Comfy Pants with Rabbi Leah Berkowitz
Just in time for Purim! We are so excited to welcome back our THREE-PETE guest, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz to talk about her awesome new children's book, a rhyming feminist fairytale called "Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants" (available through PJ Library or Behrman House)! 
February 24, 2021
Episode 2.3: Talkin' With RBG's Rabbi - Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
Join us to hear Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt share, for the first time, her incredible story of meeting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, becoming her Rabbi, and officiating at arguably the most notable funeral of 2020. A transcription of this episode can be found here. Find out more about Rabbi Holtzblatt and connect with her here. 
February 08, 2021
Episode 2.2: Talkin’ About Politics (what else!) with Rabbi Lauren Berkun
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, who gave the invocation earlier this year at the DNC, talks to us about rabbis and politics. How do we determine what we do and don’t say and where we can and can’t say it?
November 16, 2020
Season 2 Opener: Talkin’ About the 2020 Of It All
Rabbis Marci Bellows and Emma Gottlieb catch up on the past months, the changed world, what’s been lost, what’s been learned and do we dare look ahead?
October 30, 2020
Talkin’ About Our Facebook Live Event (Tomorrow)!
Just a friendly reminder to join us on Facebook tomorrow for our first ever Facebook Live event!
May 06, 2020
Episode 14: Rabbi Denise Eger - Talkin’ to the Most Famous Lesbian Rabbi in the World!
We were so relieved to take a break from worrying about COVID-19! We then had the honor of speaking with Rabbi Denise Eger, a true role model, and to hear about her two new books: Gender and Religious Leadership: Women Rabbis, Pastors, and Ministers (Lexington Press), and Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells, A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual (CCAR Press). Enjoy!  
March 27, 2020
Episode 13: Rabbi Miri Gold: Women. Rabbis. Israel.
Rabbi Miri Gold talks to us about being the third woman to be ordained as a rabbi in Israel and the groundbreaking work she’s been doing ever since, with some historic glass ceilings getting broken along the way as well!
March 13, 2020
Episode 12: Rabbi Lauren Tuchman - Talkin’ About the Transformative Power of Inclusive Torah
It’s Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month #JDAIM2020 so who better to talk to than Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind woman in the world to become a Rabbi? Rabbi Tuchman talks to us about inclusion, ally-ship and accommodation. Where is the Jewish community getting it right and where can we be doing better?
February 28, 2020
Episode 11: Back To School with Rabbinical Student Emily Holtzman!
Rabbinical student Emily Holtzman talks with us about the joys and oys of rabbinical school: How do they choose which school to attend? What do they do all day? What happens when they have unique learning needs or health concerns? How do they get a date? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a rabbinical student, this “tell all” episode is for you!
February 14, 2020
Episode 10! Rabbi Karen Perolman: Talkin’ About What Women Rabbis Wear
For our 10th episode (hooray!) Rabbi Karen Perolman tells us about her instagram account @theclergycloset and why what we wear matters (both on and off the bimah!).
January 31, 2020
Episode 9: Rabbi Jill Zimmerman, Rabbi-at-Large
You’ve heard of “taking it to the street” but Rabbi Jill Zimmerman takes it to the Tweet! Join us as Rabbi Zimmerman talks to us about her online rabbinate, where she shares her passion for mindfulness from the perspective of Judaism, and Judaism from the perspective of mindfulness.
January 17, 2020
Episode 8: Rabbi Celia Surget - Talkin’ About Multi-National Rabbinates
Rabbi Celia Surget joins Rabbi Marci Bellows and Rabbi Emma Gottlieb at the URJ Biennial! She tells us all about her experiences as a Jew growing up in Switzerland and as a rabbi in France and England. Together, we ponder the growing reality of antisemitism across continents. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered how to address a woman rabbi (or any rabbi) in French, this is the episode for you!
January 03, 2020
Episode 7: Live from the URJ Biennial!
Rabbis Marci Bellows and Emma Gottlieb reunite with one another and with so many of their incredible female colleagues (and 5000 or so other Reform & Progressive Jews) at the URJ Biennial conference in Chicago, IL. Guest appearances by Rabbi Rachel Ackerman, Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Rabbi Hannah Kingston, Rabbi Rachel Kort, Rabbi Leah Muhlstein, Rabbi Anne Persin, Rabbi Rena Rifkin, Rabbi-Cantor Raina Siroty, Rabbi Phyllis Summer and Rabbi Mara Young! (That's a lot of rabbis!)
December 20, 2019
Episode 6: Rabbi Karyn Kedar - Talkin’ About Amen!
Rabbi Karyn Kedar talks to us about her beautiful poetry/prayers and about saying Amen to all of life’s experiences (not just the good ones).
December 06, 2019
Episode 5: Rabbi Jessica Marshall - Juicy Soul Tribes
Rabbi Marshall talks to us about dancing between being a rabbi and a mystic, about innovative nature-based rituals and about a feminist approach to entrepreneurialism.
November 22, 2019
Episode 4: Rabbi Mary Zamore - Why women rabbis need their own network
Rabbi Zamore talks to us about the Women’s Rabbinic Network and about her recent publications, one of which is NOT a cookbook! Also featuring a mini-interview with rabbinical student Jessica Jacobs from JStreet!
November 08, 2019
Episode 3: Rabbi Leah Berkowitz - Talkin’ About Beautiful Things
Rabbi Leah Berkowitz talks to us about her beautiful new children’s book, publishing challenges and tips for women, and other fun stuff!
October 25, 2019
Episode 2: Rabbi Elisa Koppel - What do women rabbis talk about?
Guest Rabbi Koppel discusses what women rabbis do and don’t talk about and whether or not “rainbow” is a color.
October 11, 2019
Episode 1: Welcome to Women Rabbis Talk!
An introduction to our podcast and hosts!
September 16, 2019