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Question 18.3.12:
Reform's Position On...The role of women


The position of Reform on this issue is best characterized in Rabbi Alexander Schindler's letter in the UAHC 1993-1994 Yearbook, in which he says:

Our long-standing commitment to openness and diversity is based on our tradition. When Moses gathered the elders to help him govern, two who were not included nonetheless received G-d's inspiration and "spoke in ecstasy." Although Joshua asked Moses to jail them, Moses replied: "Would that all G-d's people were prophets."

As Reform Jews, we say:

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