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4 pioneer female rabbis to gather in Mass.

December 5, 2010

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WEST NEWTON, Mass.—Four pioneer female rabbis are meeting in the Boston area for what's being billed as a Hanukkah celebration.

The program Monday evening, called "Raising up the Light," features the first ordained North American Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative female rabbis, and the first Open Orthodox rabba.

The panel discussion with rabbis Sally Priesand, Sandy Sasso and Amy Eilberg and Rabba Sara Hurwitz is being held at Temple Reyim in West Newton.

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, which is sponsoring the event, says it's the first time all four women have appeared publicly in one place.

The program also includes a Hanukkah candle lighting by every female rabbi in attendance from New England.