Celebrations for the biggest bat chayil class in many years

YOUNG LADIES: The bat chayil girls at their ceremony

THE Leeds Jewish Education Authority (Talmud Torah), together with Leeds Jewish Free and Brodetsky Primary schools, held their bat chayil ceremony on Sunday.

The 25 girls who graduated made it the largest class for many years.

The girls had spent the year studying as a group on topics such as the festivals, kashrut, prayer, shul and inspirational Jewish women.

They also took part in the UJIA twinning programme, which saw the girls hold charity events to raise money for an Ethiopian girl to celebrate her special day in Israel.

Workshops were also held on the Holocaust, which included a trip to Beth Shalom, Laxton.

The ceremony, attended by 400 people, was addressed by Talmud Torah president Rabbi Anthony Gilbert and Rabbi Jason Kleiman, education chairman.

Baila Cohen spoke to the girls about her life as a modern Orthodox Jewish woman, working as a midwife for the NHS.

All the girls presented their mothers with a flower and the mothers blessed their daughters.

* For details on the next bat chayil programme, email batchayil@ljfs.org

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