Timeline of women hazzans in the United States

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

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of women rabbis in the United States</span>

This is a timeline of women rabbis in the United States.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of women hazzans</span>

This is a timeline of women hazzans worldwide.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of women rabbis</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Julie Rosewald</span> American singer

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