Office of the Chief Rabbi

First ever seminar for the professional development of Rebbetzens in regional communities

An historic and ground-breaking gathering of Rebbetzens from regional communities took place last Sunday, at Stenecourt Synagogue in Manchester, as part of the ‘Investing in Rebbetzens’ series, headed by Valerie Mirvis and run by Rachel Shababo, the Director of the Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Rabbinic Excellence (known as CRE).

Ladies travelled from communities around the country, including Malki Guttentag from St Annes, Liat Leiberman from Liverpool, and Miriam Lipsey from Newcastle.

Highlights included Valerie Mirvis’ presentation entitled ‘How to Instil and Maintain Professional Boundaries’ and an afternoon workshop run by Dr. Mannie Sher of the Tavistock institute on ‘The Changing Role of the Rebbetzen in Contemporary Communities’.

The day was a wonderful opportunity for promoting collegiality and the sharing of best practice among the Rebbetzens.

“Thank you for the fabulous seminar. It was the first time the Rebbetzens in the North have got together. It has been amazing to take part in this event and to meet so many more women from different stages of life to share experiences. The seminar itself was very thought provoking and so seamlessly run. No trouble was spared on our behalf and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I know this has been in large part down to your tireless work and vision.”
Avital Fagleman, Sale & District Hebrew Congregation

“It was a great networking event and the topic was so relevant.”
Malki Guttentag, St Annes Hebrew Congregation

If you would like to find out more about the Investing in Rebbetzens series, click here. 

If you would like to find out more about CRE click here.