Women have a special place at McDonald International Shul because their involvement in the community is of great importance. They are equal to the men in every activity as far as halacha permits.

During Services

The women attending our services feel part of everything that happens within the synagogue, although they are sitting behind a mechitza. They can see and hear everything.


There are many learning opportunities in the community open to men and women (in English, Hebrew and French). All are led by experts in their field and draw regular attendances.  In addition there are two series of Matan shiurim specifically for women – one in English and one in Hebrew. Click here for more details.

The Irgun Nashim

Ladies volunteer to be part of a rota to prepare the weekly Kiddush in which are held after the Shabbat morning service. It is an important part of the social life of the community, enabling members to integrate and share their smachot with the community.

This committee also arranges the Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and Yom Ha’Atzmaut special events as well as the occasional Friday evening communal meals for our community.

The Administration

Women members have equal voting rights and are actively involved in the Executive and Management Committees.

The Welcoming Committee

Men and women are equally involved in this committee, the role of which is to identify, greet, meet visitors and help them to integrate and feel at home.

Other Activities

Women are actively involved in all the other activities that take place in the Community, viz:

The Bikur Cholim Committee by offering hope, comfort and physical assistance to those in need.

The Chesed Committee providing meals to those sitting shiva within the community.

The Henry Koor Library Committee – a lending library which arranges a number of monthly lectures for the general public given by outstanding personalities.

The McDonald International Shul Magazine Committee which produces and distributes a biannual in-house publication for its members.

The Cultural Committee which organizes a series of lectures throughout the year.

Shiurim for women only, in English and Hebrew

Welcoming visitors make them feel at home

Many women volunteer for special projects

Irgun Nashim: hidden fairies for a perfect organisation