Webinar XVII: The prominence of women within Jewish faith tradition

The prominence of women within Jewish faith tradition

Tuesday 8th March 2016 | 4:00pm–4:45pm (45 minutes)

Continuing our focus on religious literacy, this webinar session will focus on Judaism, and in celebration of International Women’s Day will explore the prominence of women within Jewish faith tradition.

The importance of being religiously literate is increasing as globalisation has created greater links and migration between societies of different faiths and cultures. Religious literacy is the knowledge of, and ability to, understand religion. But it more than just knowing about the major religions: religious literacy is about understanding the complexities and evolving dimensions of religion.

Consequently, this webinar will provide practical advice and guidance for teachers on teaching Judaism in 21st century Britain. It will focus on the prominence of women in the Jewish faith tradition and will explore:

  • Social change around gender issues which are occurring in the Orthodox Jewish community:
  • How gender equality is promoted within the framework of halakha (Jewish law);
  • How teachers can use this knowledge to enhance the religious literacy of their pupils about contemporary faith practice in the Jewish community;
  • How to promote gender equality issues when teaching religious education;
  • Practical activities that teachers can use in the classroom


Claire Clinton is an experienced teacher within EYFS, Primary and Secondary education. She has over 20 years of classroom experience, and 16 years of advisory work at a national and local level. Claire is presently the Religious Education Advisor for the London Borough of Newham for eight years prior to which she was a RE consultant for the London Borough of Redbridge and Essex County Council.


Miriam Lorie is an active member of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance which expands the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakha (Jewish law), by advocating meaningful participation and equality for women in family life, synagogues, houses of learning and Jewish communal organizations to the fullest extent possible within halakha. Additionally, she runs public education projects at Cambridge University’s interfaith programme. She has a theology degree from its Faculty of Divinity. Miriam co-chairs the Borehamwood Partnership Minyan, Kehillat Nashira, which she founded in 2013 to provide inclusive Orthodox Jewish prayer space and is the first of its kind in the UK. Miriam is also an Adam Science graduate and a graduate of the prestigious Susi Bradfield Fellowship at the London School of Jewish Studies.

You can view the webinar here.
You can view the accompanying presentation here