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Oasis For Orthodox Women
Mon, 07/12/2010 - 20:00

I am writing in response to the article that cites the new rules that the National Council of Young Israel instituted, restricting the leadership role of women and their reading of the Megillah (“Young Israel In Turmoil Over Upstate Shul,” July 2).

I would like the wider Jewish community to know that there is one Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Stanton Street Shul, that not only has women on the board and as its highest elected officers, but also has a women’s tefillah group.  

The shul provides a noteworthy Orthodox option for those living downtown who believe in expanding the role of women as much as possible within the guidelines of halacha.



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The question is not the policies of Young Israel regarding women but their hypocrisy about it. Officially NCYI claims to follow the t'shuva of the late Rabbi Nissan Alpert and other YU rabbonim against Women's Tefilla groups but they look the way when a wealthy branch like YI of Scarsdale advertises one in their newsletter. They only made an issue about the women president in Syracuse as an excuse to seize the shul's assets because they couldn't afford NCYI's exorbitant dues.