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Rabbi Emily Gopen Lipof '58

Rabbi Emily Gopen Lipof '58 has led a multifaceted life with work in education, politics and as a Rabbi. Lipof is the first woman in the United States to be named Senior Rabbi of a major congregation.
Rabbi Emily Gopen Lipof '58 has led a multifaceted life with work in education, politics and as a Rabbi. Rabbi Lipof founded the nursery school at Temple Shalom in Newton, Mass. and was later principal of the High School of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Lipof's political work included managing the campaign of late Newton Mayor Theodore Mann, Senator Edward Brooke, Governor Francis Sargeant, Senator Henry Jackson and her late husband's Michael's campaigns for Alderman.

Rabbi Lipof earned a degree in education from Wheelock College, and she was ordained from the Academy of Jewish Religion as a rabbi. She was the first woman to be called to a major pulpit as their Senior Rabbi at the Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass. Rabbi Lipof retired from her position at Ohabei Shalom in December 2006.

Rabbi Lipof received the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Rabbinic Award, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Outstanding Service Award, and the Israel Bonds National Board's Golden Shofar Award. She was also featured on for her support of civil unions.

Rabbi Lipof received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Dana Hall in 2001.

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    "I love playing basketball at Dana. Our team is really like a family, and we’ve grown so much over the three years I’ve been on the team. My freshman year I never would have thought that we would be able to win the EIL league, but this past winter we did! What makes the team so great is how we look out for each other on and off the court. My teammates are my biggest supporters and it’s always great when we get to welcome new members onto the team. I can’t wait to be captain next year."
    -Stephanie '18