Sally Opened Doors


Sally Priesand, the first American woman to be ordained a rabbi, opened doors for Jewish women’s full participation in Jewish life in this third book by Sandy Sasso about courageous women from Jewish history.

It was the 1970’s and doors were opening for women all across America. They could be doctors, lawyers, even pilots. But two thousand years of tradition said they couldn’t be rabbis. Until Sally. Sally Priesand wanted not just to learn Torah, but to teach it; not just to listen to a sermon, but give one; not just sit in the congregation, but lead it. In rabbinical school, people whispered, “She is only here to find a husband.”

“She will never finish.”

“No congregation will hire her.”

But Sally didn’t listen. She finished her studies and became the first women rabbi in America. She opened the door for the many women who followed, and her story inspires us all to reach for our dreams.