Women's View, edition 20
As a result of the US Executive’s decision to allow women to stand for Chair of their shuls we now have a minimum of nine women leading their Board of Management throughout the 2013/14 period. Most of these amazing women have already held office in various positions within their synagogues, many as vice-chairs, so they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their new roles. In addition, there are now over a dozen women voted in as vice-chair, indeed in some synagogues women hold the roles of chair and vice-chair. ‘Thank you’ to all of you for voting them in to these positions and we feel certain you will give them your support during their period of office.
Women's View, edition 19
Like the majority of the population, ‘Do you wonder what has happened to our seasons?’ Spring flowers appear one week and are killed off by the frost the following week, birds start building nests only to find freak storms and hail battering through the trees, and we humans find ourselves wearing summer clothes one day, only to be found shivering in our winter clothes again the next.
Women's View, edition 18
As we go to press all our Pesach crockery, cutlery, saucepans and other accoutrements have been packed away for another year and we look forward to the months ahead in the secure knowledge that, by celebrating the Seder as commanded, we have remembered our forefathers slavery in Egypt and Hashem's redemption of the Jewish people as they crossed the Red Sea to freedom.
Women's View, edition 17
Outside the window the sun is shining, but our question is ‘Is it or is it not Spring?’ In previous years we all knew that spring officially arrived with the equinox on 21 March. However, this year the Met Office decided to change the order of spring so that it now arrives on 1 March, but for the Jewish population this alteration will make very little difference, for our year will, as always, revolve around the Yomtovim (both preparing for and celebrating them).
Women's View, edition 16
Thank goodness the snow and icy winds of January that caused havoc on the roads, railways and airports, not to mention school closures, have receded, and we can now look forward (hopefully) to a milder February and March. Although we may still have to wrap up warm it should not be too long before the crocuses push up through the thawing ground and the evenings become a little brighter.