Rabbi Judith Hauptman was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2003 after several decades of teaching Talmud to rabbis rabbinical students. Hauptman, a graduate of Barnard College, earned her M.A. and from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also earned a Ph.D. in Talmud, becoming the first woman to do so in her field of study. Hauptman’s research focuses on the development of talmudic literature and specifically highlights questions related to rabbinic governance of women’s lives. Her books include Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman’s Voice, Development of the Talmudic Sugya: Relationship Between Tannaitic and Amoraic Sources and Rereading the Mishnah. Hauptman was a vocal member of Ezrat Nashim, which lobbied for issues of gender egalitarianism in Conservative Judaism in the 1970s. Hauptman is the founder of Ohel Ayalah, which offers free High Holiday services and Passover seders annually.