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Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, leader of Northfield’s Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation, will be installed as the new president for the Rabbinical Assembly on April 23. She will be only the second woman named president in the organization’s 117-year existence. PHOTOS SUBMITTED
Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, of Highland Park, is the lead rabbi at Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield. Later this month, she will be installed as the new president of the international Rabbinical Assembly, the second ever to be a female. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Jacqueline Glosniak, Contributing Editor
3:54 pm CDT April 4, 2018

Like many people do upon moving to a new area, when Debra Newman Kamin first arrived on the North Shore in 1990, she was hoping to become a part of a local faith community that was inviting, active and a place she could call home for years to come.

However, the Highland Park resident was no ordinary newcomer hoping to stumble upon a new place of worship — she had moved here to serve as an assistant rabbi at Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield.