Sheila Shulman

Sheila Shulman (18 October 1936 25 October 2014) was a rabbi in London, England.[1][2] She was born in Brooklyn, and earned a Masters degree in English and Comparative Literature in the 1960s at the City University of New York.[1][2][3] She first traveled to England on a fellowship in 1967.[1]

Along with Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, she was one of the first openly lesbian graduates of the Leo Baeck College.[4] Shulman was ordained in 1989.[1] In 1990 Shulman and a group of her friends founded London’s gay and lesbian synagogue, Beit Klal Yisrael, of which she became rabbi.[2][5] In addition to her work there, since her ordination she worked at Finchley Reform Synagogue; initially part-time, then for some years as half-time Associate Rabbi, then part-time again.[1] She also taught at Leo Baeck College-Centre for Jewish Education, as a part-time Lecturer in Jewish Thought.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Rabbi Sheila Shulman". Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
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  3. "Rabbi Sheila Shulman: a true pioneer and radical feminist lesbian". Rainbow Jews. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  4. "Why trouble should be a rabbi's middle name &#124". The Jewish Chronicle. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  5. Stagg Elliott, Victoria (May 1995). "Rabbi Sheila Shulman". Gay Times (200): 68. Retrieved 3 October 2014.

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