Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio was born in Adelaide in 1967. She attended Adelaide University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Law degree. Rabbi Ninio then attended Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion where she obtained a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination in 1998, making her the seventh Australian-born progressive rabbi and the third Australian-born female rabbi. Rabbi Ninio joined Emanuel Synagogue in 1998 and was the congregation’s first female rabbi. She is interested in the areas of midrash and liturgy and has a passion for storytelling. During her sabbatical in 1995 Rabbi Ninio studied Jewish folk stories and storytelling. Rabbi Ninio has established a women’s Rosh Chodesh group, and a number of child-focused celebrations and events such as Shabbat tot. Rabbi Ninio believes in the centrality and importance of community, and providing a place where people feel valued, included and treasured. Rabbi Ninio is married and has one child.