Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park for Rabbi Carole Meyers of La Cañada, the first female rabbi in Los Angeles to lead a congregation. Meyers, 50, died last Thursday after a two-month battle with bone cancer. She led Temple Sinai of Glendale for 15 years.
Meyers became a rabbi at the age of 29, and was hired at a time when female rabbis were very uncommon. Most women in the rabbinate worked on college campuses, in social services, or as assistant rabbis. Today, they make up roughly 50 percent of all Reform seminary students, and colleagues believe that Meyers helped encourage women to enter the rabbinate.
Praised by many who knew her as a thoughtful leader, a learned rabbi and a loving mother, Meyers played a vital role in the Jewish Reform movement, and was "very active in left of center issues … she was very respectful and articulate of other people's viewpoints. She was cutting edge on so many issues, making sure everybody was thinking about things," said Paul Dietz, a close friend of the rabbi and a member of the Temple Sinai congregation.