Yeshurun Women in Judaism was a pioneering group, set up in the 1970’s by a group of like-minded women within Orthodoxy, looking to address women’s concerns and issues, working with the full support of the Rabbi and Rebbetzen and the Synagogue Board and Council in line with the philosophy of the Founders and the Chief Rabbi’s working group from that time onwards.
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 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‘.