The Chief Rabbi has praised the first ten women to graduate a course for female educators as “outstanding,” at a private ceremony this week.
The women had completed his Ma’ayan Programme, learning about halachot (laws) of Taharat Mishpacha (family purity) and women’s health issues.
The course was taught by the Dayanim of the London Beth Din, academics from University College London’s Institute for Women’s Health, pedagogic experts from around the world and by the Chief Rabbi himself.
Speaking after the graduation ceremony, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “There are many women in our communities who are thirsting for greater knowledge and understanding of Torah.
“The graduation of our Ma’ayanot – who are of such outstanding quality – represents a watershed moment, raising the bar for women’s education and Torah observance in our community.”
Ma’ayan Jacqueline Feldman said: “This programme has educated us to support women of our communities in their lives and their learning.”
The graduates will now take up positions in communities across the country, some for an extended period of time and others on an ad hoc or ‘visiting’ basis.
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