Wilmington synagogue welcomes area’s first female rabbi

Rabbi Julie Kozlow (Source: B'Nai Israel Congregation)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The new rabbi of a Wilmington synagogue is making history. Rabbi Julie Kozlow will be the first woman to serve as a Jewish spiritual leader in southeastern North Carolina.

Rabbi Kozlow will take over at B’nai Israel on July 1. She succeeds Rabbi Robert Waxman, who is retiring.

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Rabbi Kozlow comes to Wilmington from Greenville, SC. She was ordained in 2007 at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies and two Master of Arts degrees in Rabbinics. In addition to experience as a pulpit rabbi for congregations in California, New Orleans and Mexico City, she is also an experienced teacher with a real passion for youth education, and holds a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Kozlow will celebrate her formal installation at B’nai Israel August 21.