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Two female rabbis to lead Newton temple

JUNE 7, 2018, NEWTON – Temple Shalom of Newton has officially named Rabbi Laura Abrasley and Rabbi Allison Berry as the temple’s co-senior rabbis – a historic decision marking the first time a congregation has named two women as senior rabbis. The rabbis will be officially installed on Nov. 16.

This innovative structure, originally suggested by the two rabbis, reflects a new era for the nearly 70-year-old congregation. Rabbi Berry joined Temple Shalom in 2011 and Rabbi Abrasley in 2015. The two rabbis have served as interim leadership of the Temple since July 2017.

“We are overjoyed that we can now move from an interim period into one of stable and committed leadership for the entire community,” said Scott Birnbaum, president of the temple’s Board of Trustees. “There is no more important decision a congregation makes than the choice of its rabbinic leadership. We are pleased that so much of our congregation supports this historic decision, as well.”

“I am honored for the opportunity to lead Temple Shalom into the future with my fabulous friend and colleague Rabbi Allison Berry,” said Rabbi Laura Abrasley. “Our collaborative co-rabbinate is an innovative leadership decision for the congregation and the larger Jewish community.”

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