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A Word from the Rabbi’s Spouse

What happens when the rabbi’s spouse is a successful professional? What implicit and explicit expectations persist, and how are they influenced by gender?

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt (Photo: Shira Lankin Sheps)
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt (Photo: Shira Lankin Sheps)

The role of the Rebbetzin in Jewish life has always been significant. But what happens when the rabbi’s spouse is a successful professional with a career? What implicit and explicit expectations persist, and how are they influenced by gender? How is the synagogue community affected? What does this mean for the rabbi’s family and the community’s relationship with it?

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt and Maital Friedman, two accomplished, professional women married to rabbis (one Orthodox and one Conservative), open up to Yehuda Kurtzer with intimate reflections on their experiences on this complex, evolving role.

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