I’m a “Woman Rabbi”: Bringing Our Full Selves to Jewish Community

A couple holds items for the ritual end of the Sabbath as Rabbi Nikki, a white woman in glasses and bright clothing, extinguishes the braided candle in wine.
Rabbi Nikki performing the ritual of havdalah at a ketubah (marriage contract) signing.

Sermon for Shabbat Terumah, February 2022, at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City

“Excuse me, miss,can you tell me where the rabbi is?”

I take a beat before responding. I decide on a chuckle and a quick, “You’re looking at her!”



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