There has long been debate about the role and representation of women in Jewish education and in leadership roles. This discussion came to the fore again in recent months after a piece published The Lehrhaus titles Why Are There So Man "Manels" in Modern Orthodoxy?
We sat down with one of the authors of that piece, Dr. Shana Strauch Schick (Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University, Drisha Institute, and Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim in Jerusalem) to try and uncover why women might be underrepresented in the public element of Jewish education and leadership. We spoke about ways in which this imbalance can be rectified, what can be done on an institutional level, and what women can do to make sure their voices are being heard.
We were also privileged to speak with Rabbanit Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel (Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, and Matan's Hilkhata Institute (Advanced Halakha Program) at Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies.) We discussed differences in approach to women's education and women's leadership in Israel vs. the diaspora as well as her own experiences as a world-renowned Torah teacher in a career spanning two decades.
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