Jacqueline Mates-Muchin , a San Francisco native, is the world’s first Chinese-American rabbi. Her mother was second-generation Chinese American and her father was the son of Austrian Jewish immigrants. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002. After serving as an assistant rabbi in Buffalo, New York, she joined Temple Sinai in Oakland, California, in 2005. She was chosen as the first female senior rabbi of the congregation in January 2015.
Quote: “We [rabbis] get to spend really meaningful moments with people, some of the most significant moments. And, on a regular basis, we are able to wrestle with what’s most important, what is our purpose, and how we find meaning in the things that have happened to us. It enables me to be very thoughtful about my own sense of purpose and my own sense of what I want life to mean.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), Kveller.com (quotation)
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