Hadas Fruchter Is a New Kind of Orthodox Jewish Leader – The Wall Street Journal

Posted By on April 11, 2022

Hadas Fruchter never aspired to be a rabbi when she was growing up. She couldnt: The job didnt yet exist for Modern Orthodox women. Eager to combine her knack for making people feel loved and seen with her devotion to Judaism, she figured she would run a Jewish nonprofit and try to marry a rabbi. I didnt really see how I could build community and give of myself in a deep and spiritual way, she says.

Her life took a turn in 2011 when she met Rabba Sara Hurwitz, the first Orthodox Jewish woman in America to be publicly ordained.Rabba Hurwitz (whose title is the female equivalent of rabbi in Hebrew) talked about Yeshivat Maharat in the Bronx, N.Y., the only U.S. seminary that ordains women as Orthodox clergy, which she co-founded in 2009. Rabbanit Fruchter (who uses a different but analogous title) says she felt a kind of tingling: I realized this was exactly what I was supposed to do.

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