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Program featuring the first female spiritual leader of the Jewish Congregation

The Oak Ridge Women’s Interfaith Dialogue will present an online program titled “Women Prophets, Ladies Judges, and Their Power to Inspire Rabbis and Cantors Today,” which will be presented by Cantor Jacqueline Marx, Acting Spiritual Leader of the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge, at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 4.

“It is no longer news when a woman is appointed rabbi of a non-Orthodox synagogue. This shows how far we have come in 50 years since the ordination of the first woman in history,” the statement said. from WID. This month’s program follows “Women’s History Month”, the Jewish holiday of Purim, and will be held before the holiday of Passover, which all features strong female figures who have asserted their leadership and helped shape the course of history, the statement continued.

The program will be presented by Marx, the first woman to serve as interim spiritual leader in the local Jewish congregation. She will guide those who listen to the show through the timeline and teachings of women who demonstrated how they influenced Jewish spirituality and leadership from biblical times to the millennium.

Marx’s life journey took her from New Jersey to East Tennessee, New Mexico and New York, and then East Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, a master’s degree in opera music from the Boston Conservatory, and after 25 years of cantoring, she will receive an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In December, she anticipates ordination as cantor-rabbi of the pluralistic rabbinical seminary. Currently, she lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with two adult children and three felines, and commutes to work every day in Oak Ridge.

For more information and for Zoom login information, contact Maryann Reeves at [email protected]