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Sally Jane Priesand, American Rabbi. Ordained rabbi, 1972.


Priesand, Sally Jane was born on June 27, 1946 in Cleveland. Daughter of Irving Theodore and Rosetta Elizabeth (Welch) Priesand.


Bachelor of Arts English, U. Cincinnati, 1968; B.Hebrew Letters, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, 1971; Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, 1972; Doctor of Hebrew Literature (honorary), Florida International U., 1973; Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Hebrew Union College, 1997.


Student rabbi, Sinai Temple, Champaign, Illinois, 1968; Student rabbi, Congregation B'nai Israel, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1969-1970; Student rabbi, Congregation Shalom, Milwaukee, 1970; Student rabbi, Temple Beth Israel, Jackson, Michigan, 1970-1971; rabbinic intern, Isaac M. Wise Temple, Cincinnati, 1971-1972; assistant rabbi, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York City, 1972-1977; associate rabbi, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 1977-1979; rabbi, Temple Beth El, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1979-1981; rabbi, Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, since 1981; chaplain, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, 1979-1981.


  • Ordained rabbi, 1972.


Member commission on synagogue relations Federation Jewish Philanthropies New York, 1972-1979, member commission on aged commission synagogue relations, 1972-1975. Member task force on equality of women in Judaism public affairs committee New York Federation Reform Synagogues, 1972-1975. Member commission on resolutions Control Conference American Rabbis, 1975-1977, commission on cults, 1976-1978, admissions committee, 1983-1989.

Chairman Task Force on Women in Rabbinate, 1977-1983, chairman 1977-1979, member Executive Board, 1977-1979, commission on resolutions, 1989-1992, Chairman of Commission convention program, 1993-1996. Member joint commission on Jewish education Control Conference American Rabbis-Union American Hebrew Congregations, 1974-1977. Member task force on Jewish singles Commission Synagugue Rels., 1975-1977.

Member of New York Board Rabbis, since 1975, ShoreArea Board Rabbis, since 1981. Member interim steering committee Clergy and Laity Concerned, 1979-1981. Board directors National Conference of Christians and Jews, New York City, 1980-1982, Jewish Federation Greater Monmouth County, trustee, since 1988.

Trustee Planned Parenthood of Monmouth County, 1982-1990. Chair religious affairs committee Brookdale Center for Holocaust Studies, 1983-1988. Vice president Interfaith Neighbors, 1988-1996, president, since 1997.

Member UAHC-CCAR Joint Commision on Synagogue Affiliation, since 1992. Board of Governors Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Religion, since 1993. Trustee Union American Hebrew Congregations, 1994-1998.

Member Hadassah (life), Control Conference American Rabbis, National Organization for Women, American Jewish Congress, American Jewish Committee, Association Reform Zionists American, Jewish Women International(life), Jewish Peace Fellowship, Women's Rabbinic Network, National Breast Cancer Coalition.


Irving Theodore Priesand

Rosetta Elizabeth (Welch) Priesand