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Paula Ackerman

Paula Ackerman, reading from a religious text.

When Paula Ackerman's husband, William Ackerman, died in 1950, his congregation, the Reform Temple Beth Israel of Meridian, Mississippi, requested that she succeed him. Thus, Paula Ackerman became the first female spiritual leader of a mainstream Jewish congregation in the United States.

Institution:The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, OH.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Paula Ackerman." (Viewed on September 23, 2019) <https://qa.jwa.org/media/ackerman-paula-still-image>.

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