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West Orange woman to receive Orthodox ordination
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West Orange woman to receive Orthodox ordination

Jennifer Geretz, at right, is among the eighth cohort of women to 
receive ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. Courtesy Yeshivat Maharat
Jennifer Geretz, at right, is among the eighth cohort of women to receive ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. Courtesy Yeshivat Maharat

JENNIFER GERETZ is among nine women receiving Orthodox ordination from Yeshivat Maharat. The eighth annual semicha ceremony will take place virtually on Tuesday, June 9, at 4 p.m.

Geretz is a Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ chaplain at St. Barnabas Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health in Livingston and is among the spiritual leadership of Maayan, a congregation in West Orange.

“The emergence of women Torah scholars, rabbis, and leaders in our day shows that we can rise to new spiritual heights by fulfilling Judaism’s ancient mandate to respond to the cry of those who have been othered, disparaged, and disenfranchised” is among the remarks Rabbanit Jennifer Geretz will share in her graduation speech. 

The other graduates are Atara Cohen, Michal Kohane, Gloria Nusbacher, Amalia Haas, Judith Levitan, Daniella Pressner, Alana Suskin, and Agnes Veto.

This cohort marks 43 women in total who have received semicha from the Maharat program. They serve in clergy roles in synagogues, schools, hospitals, universities, and Jewish communal institutions.

RSVP for the ceremony at yeshivatmaharat.org/semikha.

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