Germany has ordained its first female rabbi since the Holocaust.
The appointment of Alina Treiger is seen as a sign major step in the reintegration of Jews into modern German life.
A handful of other female rabbis already work in Germany, but all were ordained elsewhere.
At the ceremony in Berlin, Germany’s president, Christian Wulff said: ‘‘This doesn’t just fill the Jewish community with joy, but also shows that Jewish life of all kinds, from orthodox to liberal has put down stronger roots again.’‘
Treiger follows in the footsteps of Regina Jonas, who was ordained in 1935, during the Nazi regime.
Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union Germany’s Jewish community has increased rapidly, prompting a need for more rabbis.