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The Chief Rabbi launches the Ma’ayan Programme

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The Chief Rabbi has launched a unique new course for Jewish women that aims to harness their talent by offering a high level qualification in Taharat Hamishpacha (the laws of family purity), womens’ health and community education.

Explaining the reasoning behind the development of the Ma’ayan Programme, the Chief Rabbi points to a need for women in advisory positions, to whom other women may turn for guidance.

“There are large numbers of women in our communities who, for a variety of reasons, feel more comfortable asking a woman for advice or guidance on personal matters and related aspects of Jewish law. We have a responsibility to provide for them and this programme will help us a great deal in that regard,” he said.

Successful applicants will enrol onto an 18-month part-time training course taught by Dayan Simons of the Chief Rabbi’s London Bet Din and experts working at University College London’s Institute of Women’s Health. Ultimately it is hoped that graduates, who will assume the newly-created title ‘Ma’ayan’, will be designing and delivering learning programmes in every flourishing Jewish community.

Download an information pack about the Ma’ayan Programme here.

For more information and for an application form, please contact Michelle Bauernfreund on 020 8343 6219 or email