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Women as Synagogue Presidents / Board Members

Question: Can a synagogue appoint women as its president or have one sit on its board of committee? With many thanks. Answer: 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 tradi ...

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Bar Mitzva in Beis Kneses

Question: L'chvod Harav, We were planning on making a Bar Mitzvah seuda in a shul in Eretz Yisrael. My rav expressed concern that any shul that has keduashas Beis Haknesses is assur to do "sicha betayla" there. I told him that this shul was built to be a social hall, and they daven there because they haven't built the shul part yet. When I asked the rav of the shul if it was kedushas beis ha'knesses, he ans ...

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Buying Seats for Yamim Noraim

Question: Can one use maaser money to buy seats at shul for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? Answer: Being that the money is going to a shul, which is certainly a valid recipient of maaser and tzedaka, buying a seat for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur would also be permitted. The Taz [Y:D 249] permits using maaser money for a wide range of mitzvos, but here where the money is going to a shul, this would certainly q ...

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