A special Knesset subcommittee is eliciting candid assessments about the role of women in Jewish community life, while posing searing questions about the relative lack of women in Jewish leadership roles.
Some 10 presenters from leading organizations in Israel and North America addressed a special subcommittee of the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee during a 90-minute session Tuesday, chaired by MK Dr. Einat Wilf (Atzmaut).
“Is the glass half empty or full?” asked Shifra Bronznick, founding president of the New York City-based Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, who addressed the subcommittee for Relations of Israel with World Jewish Communities.
Bronznick mapped female leadership positions according to what she called “spheres” – start-ups, the rabbinate, Jewish media and social justice organizations. “Many more women lead these organizations, and we are seeing a bifurcation between these groups and the veteran agencies of Jewish life,” said Bronznick.
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