Rabbi Regina Jonas Memorial

Commission Member Gary P. Zola and Chair Lesley Weiss stands at the Terezin Memorial in the Czech Republic in front of a plaque memorializing the first woman to become a rabbi. The Commission sponsored the plaque recalling Rabbi Regina Jonas of Germany, who was imprisioned at the Nazi's Thereisenstadt concentration camp (Terezin) before being sent to her death at Auschwitz. The plaque was dedicated in a ceremony July 24, 2014 in which the three women who were the first U.S. ordinees Rabbis of their denominations as well as the first Orthodox women to be ordained "Rabba"in the U.S. participated. Representatives of the Terezin Memorial and the Jewish Women's Archive also spoke along with Chairwoman Weiss and Dr. Zola. Zola initiated the plaque project. Funding was donated by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 









JTA article on Jonas Plaque


Religion News Service Report 

Zola Remarks at Jonas Plaque Ceremony


Weiss Remarks at Jonas Plaque Dedication


Remembering Rabbi Regina Jonas