Valerie Mirvis has hailed the success of a two-day educational trip to Vienna, as she led a delegation of UK rebbetzens round the historic Austrian capital.

Historians and religious leaders addressed the group of rabbis’ wives and female educators as they toured the city’s principal shul, the Stadttempel, to hear from Chief Rabbi Arie Folger about Jewish life in Vienna today.

Yael Leibowitz, who led two in-depth Tanach workshops, received rave reviews from the group, which later visited the Jewish Museum, Museum Judenplatz, and the city’s 1st and 2nd Districts, where many Viennese Jews live.

The trip was the latest offering from Mirvis’ Investing in Rebbetzens series, and the delegation was accompanied by Jewish historian Rabbi Aubrey Hersh.

“It was my immense privilege and pleasure to lead the trip,” said the Chief Rabbi’s wife. She praised the group as being “of such outstanding calibre” and said the programme had “enhanced their leadership and teaching skills and has directly led to the creation of numerous innovative community projects”.

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