L.A. seminary first to name Orthodox woman as president

Tamar Frankiel has become the first Orthodox woman in the nation to lead a rabbinical school.

The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational rabbinical, cantorial and chaplaincy school founded in 2000 and based at the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, last week announced Frankiel’s appointment as the school’s incoming president.

Commenting on her appointment, Frankiel said, “I am delighted to become the new leader of this unique, forward-thinking seminary. The fact that our board and community chose an Orthodox woman as president is testimony to AJRCA’s deep commitment to pluralism.”

Frankiel received her Ph.D. in the history of religions from the University of Chicago. She has taught at various universities, including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley.

AJRCA alumni include seven Bay Area rabbis and one local cantor. — j. staff