Timeline of women hazzans

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This is a timeline of women hazzans (also called cantors) worldwide.

Hazzan and rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl (8575188810) (cropped).jpg
Hazzan and rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Angela Warnick Buchdahl</span> American rabbi

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Avitall Gerstetter</span> German cantor

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This is a timeline of women in religion. See also: Timeline of women in religion in the United States.

This is a timeline of notable moments in the history of women's ordination in the world's religious traditions. It is not an exhaustive list of all historic or contemporary ordinations of women.


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