Dr. Gerson D. Cohen, 66, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish...

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August 19, 1991

Dr. Gerson D. Cohen, 66, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who in 1985 ordained the first female rabbi in Conservative Judaism, died Friday in New York. He was chancellor of the seminary, the intellectual center of Conservative Judaism, for 14 years until his retirement for health reasons in 1986. Holding earlier to the traditional Jewish view that women could not serve as rabbis, he set up a commission to study the issue and and later ruled that women could be ordained if they assumed the same obligations as men.

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