November 5th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Germany's first female rabbi since WWII

Alina Treiger, 31, became the first female rabbi in Germany since World War II with her ordination Thursday, the German news outlet The Local reported.

Treiger, who was born in Ukraine but moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2001, was ordained before an audience that included 30 prominent rabbis from around the world, some of whom are women, the report said.

Treiger will lead the Jewish communities in the cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony but will not be recognized as a rabbi by Orthodox Jews, who reject the ordination of women, according to The Local.

Regina Jonas, the last woman to be ordained a rabbi in Germany, died in 1944 at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland, the report said.