You Are Here: Home » Responsa Resource » Miscellaneous Halachot » Women as Synagogue Presidents / Board Members

Women as Synagogue Presidents / Board Members


Can a synagogue appoint women as its president or have one sit on its board of committee?

With many thanks.


There is no prohibition for a woman to fill one of these positions. However care must be taken to maintain both guidelines of tznius [often a president needs to address the congregation at shul, for a woman to do this would be a breach of traditional synagogue conduct]  and the traditional shul setting [a woman sitting in the “mizrach”, even in the woman’s section would be a departure from this]. Many if not most of our practices in Shul are deep rooted in our tradition going back thousands of years. Often this kind of appointment is indicative of a desire to change that mesores. However, if the above is kept up, and a woman is fulfilling an administrative position which is to the benefit of the shul, and it is with the agreement of the shul members, there would be no prohibition involved

Leave a Comment

Scroll to top