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Page 4, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, October 5. 1979 The Rabbi Who Wears a Skirt Judy Chessin Turns Hobby Into a Profession by UNDA AMON, HERITAGE Staff Since she was three years old, Judy Chessin has virtually "grown up" with Reform Judaism in Orlando. Now in her early 20's, she has been serving as Rabbinical Intern for Congr. of Lib- eral Judaism for the past five weeks, the first woman from the area to choose the rabbinate as a career. "1 happen to love Judaism and love what the rabbinate opens up for someone. And that's what I want," she said simply. The youngest of three daughters of Newton and Jean Chessin of Maitland, Judy remembered the days when the young Reform congregation was located on Ferncreek and then Robinson. A regular participant in religious school since first grade, she remembered not being enthusiastic about the program in those early years, and joined the youth group reluctantly. Gradually, as she became involved and began to work with SEFTY, the regional youth group organization, and became aware of the synagogue's character, her goals began to form "as I felt the sense of community and involvement." Judy chose to become a Bat Mitzvah at the age of ] 7 "because I really understood what it was all about and it was very, very meaningful." She began spending all her free time at the synagogue, helping out wherever she could. It became an all-consuming hobby, she said, and it was then that she decided that, if the hobby was so fulfilling, the career would be even more so. "My goal in life," she commented, "is to be a good rabbi and the fact that I'm a woman isjust part of it. I don't want to capitalize on the fact that I'm a woman. That's not my goal." While studying at the University of South Florida -- she was the first student to receive a B.A. degree in religious studies -- Judy came home for vacations, served on the bimah, read from the Torah and participated in services. Now a part of the full life of the congregation, as a rabbinic intern under the supervision of SUPER MINI BLIND SALE SAVE 20% ZELMA BODZIN pianist For credentials and information, please call 425-6132 JUDY CHESSIN Rabbis Larry Halpern and Andrew Hillman, she has begun to review her role in her future con- gregation. "My image is very vague about what I will do or what will happen in the future but I see myself in a very small congregation, almost a small chaverot kind of community, one that is liberal and progressive enough and thinks a woman rabbi is as good as a man," she said. 'Td like to have an atmosphere where I would not stand on the bimah to talk to the congregants, telling them what to do, but one where everyone contributes and teaches one another. "1 know it's all idealistic and I don'tl how I would implement this famil do know that it was family and feelings that drew me here." rabbinate "not just a carrier" but a she commented smiling, "That's comfortable with the reform Judy pointed out that all Judaism same history, the same books rabbis learn. said. "The reform movement gives learning and enables us to She explained her belief that reform' says you have choices to make meaningful from a basis, on through education. However, understand the laws first, to know meaningful and if you can relate to don't just throw out concepts and have held us together simply too tired to do them or because reform decide what is Judy is well on her way completion of the three-year toward her Masters Degree in and then S'micha (ordination) two years. 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