Women

Shaarei Shomayim is dedicated to supporting females through leadership. We hope to increase your knowledge, expand your horizons and enrich your life by bringing to you relevant, topical information and keep you connected to our community, regardless of age or life stage.

Tradition of Involvement & Programs

Board Membership: Shaarei Shomayim women represent a significant portion of the board, including the executive. 

President: Shaarei Shomayim made history in 2006 when it elected our first-ever female President, Charlene Arje.

Bat Mitzvah: 2010 celebrated a new bat mitzvah program designed to provide a more extensive and meaningful role for girls at this important time in their lives. That program continues to today.

Female Scholars: Internationally-known female scholars are invited among the many guest speakers to teach and share their words of Torah as part of Scholar-In-Residence weekends, holiday celebrations and other special events. 

Purim Megillah Reading: Shaarei Shomayim's Annual Women’s Megillah Reading is a signature standing-room-only event, with women of all ages from across the GTA participating.

Simchat Torah Divrei Torah: This morning of learning is expressed through the knowledge and perspective of Shaarei Shomayim women of all ages. It has become one of the high points in the shul calendar and is attended by more than 400 men and women each year.

Simchat Torah Dancing: Women are encouraged to, and enjoy the ability to dance with a Sefer Torah during Simchat Torah.

Kaddish: Our shul welcomes and encourages women to say Kaddish for loved ones.