Saturday, February 12, 2022

Rabbi Sally J. Priesand: A Fifty-Year Celebration Honoring the Ordination of America’s First Female Rabbi and Her Contributions to Monmouth County!


The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is pleased to announce the installation of a new retrospective exhibit for the spring of 2022, Rabbi Sally J. Priesand: A Fifty-Year Celebration Honoring the Ordination of America’s First Female Rabbi and Her Contributions to Monmouth County

WHEN: There will be an in-person (masked and vaccinated) Opening Reception on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 3PM to 5PM, with Rabbi Priesand as the honored guest. Due to covid precautions, the reception will be limited to 35 people, plus guests representing the organizations in which Rabbi Priesand has served.
: The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
ADMISSION: $36 per person.
When the limit for attendance to the Opening Reception is reached, interested attendees can register to receive a Zoom link to watch live streaming of the spoken portion of the event.

For more information, to register, or to receive the Zoom link, please call the Museum at 732- 252-6990 or visit our website at

Rabbi Priesand was ordained on June 3, 1972, becoming America’s first ordained female rabbi. In 1981, she was hired as the full time Rabbi at Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls, where she served for twenty-five years, retiring in 2006. She remains at Monmouth Reform as its Rabbi Emerita. While her ordination is ground-breaking, this exhibit focuses on the impact her presence has had in Monmouth County, through the synagogue and beyond. Over the course of 41 years here, Rabbi Priesand’s efforts have contributed to causes which are meaningful to her: the needs of the poor and helping those less fortunate, women and families, and Jewish causes in the community, among others. She has served on numerous Board of Trustees and has been President of the Board of Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park for thirty years.

The exhibit will be in place for much of 2022 and visitors can schedule visits by appointment.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Now open to visitors by appointment, the Museum is handicapped and assistive-listening accessible. Masks and vaccinations are required.

The Museum’s Board of Trustees denounces racism and all forms of violence against any group, ethnicity, or race, and stands in support of any targeted community.