In his position, he oversaw 13 rabbinical courts and set standards for Orthodox conversion.
They have declared: “Any congregation with a woman in a rabbinical position of any sort cannot be considered Orthodox.”
But in an email that went out Friday afternoon, Gerry Skolnik, president of the rabbinical Assembly, proved her wrong.
The Orthodox Union and the rabbinical Council of America acknowledged this relationship in a joint statement it issued on Monday.
Only the rabbinical Assembly, representing Conservative rabbis, is headed by a woman, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.
1620s, earlier rabbinic (1610s); see Rabbi + -ical. The -n- is perhaps via rabbin "rabbi" (1520s), an alternative form, from French rabbin, from Medieval Latin rabbinus (also source of Italian rabbino, Spanish and Portuguese rabino), perhaps from a presumed Semitic plural in -n, or from Aramaic rabban "our teacher," "distinguishing title given to patriarchs and the presidents of the Sanhedrin since the time of Gamaliel the Elder" [Klein], from Aramaic plural of noun use of rabh "great."