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8 Jewish News dream of ordination. Jonas focused on pastoral care. As the Nazis rose to power she took on a more prominent role in synagogue life preaching sermons and advocating on behalf of the community. She continued her rabbinic work in Thereisenstadt and a handwritten copy of her 24 lecture topics Lectures of the One and Only Woman Rabbi Regina Jonas survives in the museum there. Regina Jonas was unknown until her work was rediscovered in 1991 by Dr. Katharina von Kellenbach of St. Marys College. Trailblazing spiritual leadership claiming our place in history These are the legacy of Rabbi Regina Jonas. Born in 1898 in Kiev Ukraine Golda Meir rose to become the fourth prime minister of Israel and is still the first and only woman to hold that office. Known for her straight talk and her iron will Golda as she is universally known was a fierce military leader who never forgot the humanity of the enemy. Golda was raised in an intellectual environment in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She was a committed labor Zionist who insisted on moving to Palestine as a condition of her marriage to Morris Meyerson in 1917. Her leadership ability was instantly evident and she quickly rose in the ranks of government. Meir undertook massive fundraising for the nascent state in the United States and was one of 24 signatories of Israels Declaration of Independence. In addition to serving in the Knesset Golda was the foreign minister under David Ben-Gurion. She served as prime minister from 1969 to 1974. Meir famously said of the Egyptian president I have given instructions that I be informed every time one of our soldiers is killed even if it is in the middle of the night. When President Nasser leaves instructions that he is to be awakened in the middle of the night if an Egyptian soldier is killed there will be peace. She noted that peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us. Golda Meir sent armies into battle wryly remarking that Israels secret weapon was no alternative. Yet she never lost her humanity observing that when peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Zionism political leadership empathy These are the legacy of Prime Minister Golda Meir. This is but a brief walk through history highlighting the contributions of women leaders in every generation a proud tradition that continues in our own generation in our own community. How blessed we are by the inspiring examples of those who have gone before us. May we draw strength from this humbling legacy of service. Rabbi Bonnie Koppell of Temple Chai in Phoenixis the first female rabbi to serve as a U.S. military chaplain. Pictured from left 19th-century Austrian-Jewish feminist Bertha Pappenheim dresses up as Gluckel of Hameln Rabbi Regina Jonas in a photo presumed to have been taken sometime after 1939 and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Pappeheim and Meir photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Regina Jonas photo courtesy of Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin-Centrum Judaicum Berlin rabbi koppell.indd 8 12516 746 AM