1990 – Yeshurun Women in Judaism
Yeshurun Women in Judaism was set up in 1990 by a group of like-minded women with a modern Orthodox perspective looking to address women’s concerns and issues within the Yeshurun synagogue, while working with the full support of the Rabbi and Rebbetzen at the time, and the Synagogue Board and Council. Yeshurun Women in Judaism has been involved in the Jewish education of women; in empowering women within synagogue management (there is no longer any quota for women members of council and women can fill executive positions, including chairperson); increasing women’s participation, and providing a forum for social and community issues relevant to women.
The most visible of the group’s achievements has been the establishment and development of the Women’s Tefilah (Prayer) group, open to participation from all the women, which meets in the synagogue on a Shabbat morning approximately three times a year. A later innovation has been the input of girls celebrating their Bat Mitzvah.
Other activities under the auspices of Yeshurun Women in Judaism include a Simchat Torah celebration for women.
To refer to one quote of many:
‘Women in Judaism provides Yeshurun with something very special and precious and is integral to what makes Yeshurun a unique and special community‘.