Two of the siblings live in the Phoenix area and one in California. CBS 5 News talked to all three about how they decided on the same career path.
Mari Chernow, Ilana Mills and Jordana Chernow-Reader admit people are shocked when they hear about their career choice.
Mari said people ask what their parents did and what was "in the water" growing up.
"We do not come from a family of rabbis. Our father is a judge, our mother works in the Jewish community... so we certainly picked up some things from them in their professions but as far as we know, we don't have any rabbis preceding us in the family," said the sisters.
All three sisters did consider other careers before deciding to become rabbis.
"I thought I might become a therapist," said Mari. "Jordana was doing environmental advocacy."
"I thought about becoming a teacher or being a family educator of some sort," said Llana. "And then we just sort of all came around. Like the path just steered us back."
"It's such a good choice for all of us. It's so wonderful that we've each found something that fits our personality, fits our strength, fits our interests so well," said Jordana.
It was Jordana, the middle sister, who was first interested in becoming a rabbi, but Mari was first to go to school.
As far as they know, they are the only group of rabbi sisters in the country.
"Being the first, it's a neat thing that we get to be part of Reform Jewish history," said Jordana.
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