THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS IN THE UK

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Association of Masorti Women
The Association of Masorti Women encourages the promotion of tolerant and pluralist Judaism, furthers communal understanding and is actively involved in communal religious and social issues.

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Association of United Synagogue Women
Established in 1968, co-ordinates the activities of all the women of the United Synagogue, and initiates and facilitates Jewish cultural and educational schemes in order to strengthen the observance of modern orthodoxy amongst Jewish women.

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B’nai B’rith Women
is an integral part of B’nai B’rith Europe, a division of B’nai B’rith International, a global service organisation active in 58 countries, embracing all Jews, irrespective of their religious and political beliefs. Its work is wide-ranging and includes the promotion of human rights, support for Israel, welfare, community outreach, youth, educational, social and cultural activities. It provides humanitarian aid to former Eastern bloc states where it also contributes directly to the re-establishment of Jewish communal life. It is represented with non-Governmental status at the UN and UNESCO. Though most women’s lodges in the UK have now merged with men’s lodges, women play an important role in leadership and all aspects of its work.


British Emunah
is a world-wide movement of religious Zionist women. Its aims are the strengthening of national religious consciousness both in Israel and abroad. British Emunah has built and maintains a network of kindergartens, day-care centres, community centres, schools (including one for those with special educational needs) and residential homes in Israel. Special emphasis is given to immigrant absorption in all phases of activities. It offers a cultural and educational programme to its members.

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British ORT Women’s Division
British ORT Women’s Division raises funds for ORT's activities in this country and in some 60 countries around the world, benefiting over 270,000 young people annually. For 120 years ORT has used education and training as a means to provide needy and disadvantaged people with the opportunity to lead secure and dignified lives. Whilst concentrating on Jewish communities and Israel, where 140 ORT institutions cater for nearly 100,000 students, ORT's expertise has been called upon to help people in numerous war torn and underdeveloped countries. British ORT is now working in this country to help children in our own community benefit from advances in technology and educational tools.

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Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Women’s Group
Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Women’s Group was founded in 1959 to promote interest in and to give support to the University. It provides scholarships for students and has founded two student hostels.

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Jewish Women’s Aid
Jewish Women’s Aid is run by Jewish women, for Jewish women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. The group runs a national, confidential, Freephone helpline, providing information on legal, benefit, housing and related problems, as well as a weekly drop-in group which provides counselling, befriending and support services. A kosher Refuge is now open, which is a national facility, providing accommodation for approximately eight women and their children, fleeing domestic violence. Freephone Helpline 0800 59 12 03.

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The Agunot Campaign
holds that the position of the agunah is contrary to the principles of justice enshrined in Jewish law. The campaign supports and advises those experiencing difficulty in the obtaining of a get.
An agunah, according to Jewish law, is a woman denied a get after the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. A get is a religious divorce document delivered by the husband to the wife.

Jewish Women’s Network
Jewish Women’s Network aims to create a framework within which all Jewish women can engage in dialogue, learning and action and to support endeavours among women across the spectrum to improve their status in Jewish life.

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League of Jewish Women
The League of Jewish Women, founded in 1943, is a voluntary services organisation with over 50 groups and more than 4,000 members nationwide, working both within and beyond the bounds of the Jewish community. In addition to a wide range of welfare work, the League is also involved with social issues affecting the entire community, through its representation on the Women’s National Commission and other bodies. The League also offers training to its members to enable them to reach their full potential, and services on health topics.

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Liberal Judaism Women
The women’s societies within Liberal Judaism were for many years linked in a Federation for joint religious, charitable and social purposes. More recently, since women have access to all offices and functions within Liberal Judaism they feel it is more consistent to work through the main body of the movement. However, they still value highly their contacts with other women in the community, and Liberal Judaism's council therefore maintains links with AJWO and with the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods in the USA.

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Reform Synagogue Women
Reform Synagogue Women aim to foster mutual understanding and exchange of information between Reform Synagogue Women and encourage them to further the understanding and practice of Judaism among its members: to work for interracial, inter-faith and communal harmony and to promote the welfare of the needy in their own and the wider communities. Though not a fund-raising organisation, one week a year is set aside to work towards donating money jointly for youth work and education in the RSGB and to support the Leo Baeck College.

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Sephardi Women (Lauderdale Road Synagogue Association)
Sephardi Women (Lauderdale Road Synagogue Association) work for the welfare of the community and also raise money, half of which is donated to Israel and half to home activities.

United Jewish Israel Appeal Women’s Division
United Jewish Israel Appeal Women’s Division was established in 1972 by a group of women who felt that they wanted to identify with the people of Israel by making a personal commitment. There are now 14 groups in the UK all of whom maintain active links with women’s divisions worldwide. Although the “bottom line” of the activities is fundraising, it is felt that the key to success lies in education and they pursue an active programme of information meetings, classes in modern Jewish history, visits to Israel and produce a news magazine three times a year.

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35’s Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry
35’s Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry is an international organisation whose aims are to help “soviet” Jews whether they wish to leave the ex-USSR or to stay and lead a Jewish life. A fortnightly newsletter is widely circulated. By organising the One-to-One Project help is given to the most disadvantaged families among the new Olim in Israel and through the One-to-One Children’s Fund assistance has been extended to children in the greatest need wherever they are.


Federation of Women Zionists (British WIZO)
Federation of Women Zionists was founded in 1918 and was followed in 1920 by the founding of the Women’s International Zionist organisation, which now boasts 250,000 members in 50 countries. British WIZO helps to support over 650 institutions and services in Israel including day care and youth clubs. Services include legal advice bureaux; day centres; family centres; help for families suffering violence; Hebrew classes for elderly new immigrants and all women’s issues.

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