Minister of Religious Services (Bayit Yehudi) Naftali Bennett and his deputy, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan on Sunday, 22 Tammuz 5773 appointed ten women to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel voting body of 150 persons.
(1) Sara Eliash: A former head of the Lahava Girl’s High School in Kedumim and a settlement activist.
(2) Liat Eshel: A teacher of Jewish Thought in the Harel High School and an honors graduate from the מדעי היהדות Teacher’s Institute.
(3) Attorney Dina Hann: Chairwoman of International Emunah Women and a member of the World Zionist Organization.
(4) Attorney Elisheva Horowitz: A resident of Mitzpei Yericho and a rabbinical advocate with en expertise in recalcitrant husbands and agunos.
(5) Dr. Edit Solberg: A senior lecturer in Ariel University and head of the university’s Institute for Policy Studies.
(6) Nurit Fried: The wife of Rabbi Yochanan Fried, among the founders of the institute to train and certify female rabbinical advocates.
(7) Nechama Gonen: A resident of resident of S’dei Yaakov and a former director of the Segulah Girl’s High School in Kiryat Motzkin.
(8) Attorney Yael Dolev: Runs a law firm that specializes in labor law.
(9) Dr. Peninah Neuwirth: A daughter of former Bayit Yehudi leader Rabbi Dr. Daniel Hershkowitz and the wife of Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, director of the Beit Hillel organization. She is a senior lecturer on Jewish issues.
(10) Bruriya Rabinowitz: A resident of Efrat and mother of Dasi z”l, who became known nationally in her battle against cancer.
Joining these ten women is Minister (Likud) Limor Livnat, a representative of the cabinet as well as MKs Gila Gamliel, Aliza Lavie, and Miri Regev, representatives of Knesset.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)