by Ellen Friedland

To the Polls in Poland: At Last Jewish Women Get to Vote!

On May 11, the Nozyk synagogue in Warsaw was abuzz. More than 40 Jewish men huddled in groups, voicing animated opinions, struggling to maintain a whisper. Two authoritative figures guarded a back room, with lists in hand to admit only specified individuals. Moving quietly amongst those congregated for a meeting of Poland’s umbrella Jewish group was Helena Datner, the first and only woman ever permitted to this gathering, which had the potential to change the future of Poland’s Jewish community. Until this year, the group’s bylaws had stipulated: no women allowed.

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