Only five percent of religious council members are women, a new study by the Association of Religious Freedom (Hidush) has revealed. Hidush director Rabbi Uri Regev, who submitted the report to Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi, said that the appointment of women has not been adequately advanced during his 26-year tenure at the organization.
Rabbi Regev said that despite the fact that even prominent spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef supports the appointment of women to religious councils, discrimination still often limits women from actually gaining positions on religious boards.
Margi responded that interpretation of Jewish law recommends the appointment of women without necessitating it. he added that appointments would be based on an individual basis and according to personal skills.