ONE OF THE Orthodox world’s leading women educators is to appear at a seminar on women and Jewish leadership at the London School of Jewish Studies in Hendon, North-West London, later this month, writes Simon Rocker.
Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder and dean of the Nishmat Centre of Advanced Torah Study for Women in Jerusalem, will be paying her first visit to the London college.
“She is one of the pioneers of higher Jewish education for women,” explained Dr Tamra Wright, director of academic studies at LSJS. “Her institution runs the groundbreaking programme that trains women as halachic advisers on the laws of family purity. The generally accepted view within Orthodoxy is that women cannot function as rabbis. So the status of halachic advisor is the closest approximation to a rabbinical role.
“One of the aims is to inspire women to take on different leadership roles in their communities,” Dr Wright said. Other speakers include Leonie Lewis, who is to be director of programmes in the Chief Rabbi’s Office.