Jewish Women in Britain


Publication Date: November 1999

Publisher: Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women

Author(s): Marlena Schmool

Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics

Keywords: Women; Jewish Engagement; Leadership

Type: Brief

Coverage: Great Britain


In giving an overview of Jewish women in Great Britain I intend to touch on three areas: Jewish organizations; participation in synagogue life; and the position of Jewish womenÂ’s research in Britain. The main sources for the data I quote are the regular compilations of synagogue membership and estimates of population which the Board of Deputies Community Research Unit has conducted regularly the past thirty years; and two recent large scale-studies: The Review of Women in the Jewish Community in 1993 for the Chief RabbiÂ’s Commission on Women; and The Survey of Social Attitudes of British Jews conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in 1995.