To­rah day

The Jewish Chronicle - - CommunityNews -

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.

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