for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

this afternoon (friday 31st), 1.32-2.00pm (repeated 11.32pm sunday), on bbc world service radio 

a female rabbi in training (interviewed by geoff bird) (in the heart and soul series)

Miriam Camerini is in training. It’s a three year course, and at the end of it, if she is successful, she will become one of the world’s first female Orthodox Jewish rabbis.

Ever since she was a child, Judaism has been part of her life, and now she has immersed herself further in her faith to eventually be able to lead prayers and call her herself a rabbi.

Rabbis in Orthodox Judaism have been men, and Miriam tells us about her journey so far.

In Milan, Miriam introduces Geoff Bird to some of the other people who are helping her and why influences from outside Judaism are as important to her preparation, and how she favours some of the more traditional laws of Judaism, even those that may seem on the outside to be misogynistic.

Miriam is also a theatre actress, and we’ll be hearing how it has played a big part in the way she understands her faith.”

(if you miss it, available at

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