When I came to Cleveland in 1983, I was Cleveland’s first female rabbi. My mentor and boss, Rabbi Daniel Jeremy Silver, told me I was going to be a six-month media sensation and then the rest was up to me. Here it is, 25 years later. He was right, and he was wrong. It has not all been up to me. There have been things out of my control. But I am grateful for them all, and I know he was completely right about the most important thing he told me that day: A life in the rabbinate is one worth living, with innumerable chances for service to God and people.

Rabbi Susan B. Stone
Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson (Reform)

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