US Women host 250 to celebrate International Women’s Day
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Thursday 15th March 2018

US Women celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women on International Women’s Day by welcoming 250 guests to their annual dinner at St John’s Wood United Synagogue.

The evening was in memory of Joy Conway, an inspirational community leader who became the first woman to sit at the US Trustee table long before any provision had been made in the bye-laws. Tributes to Joy were given by both family members as well as long standing friend, Stella Lucas.

Claire Lomas MBE addressing the audience

A captivated audience listened to guest speaker, Claire Lomas MBE, whose spoke about her incredible effort to walk the London Marathon in 17 days using the ReWalk body suit invented in Israel for wheelchair users, after becoming paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident in 2007. Claire left guests with the following message: “believe in yourself…don’t give up”.

Speaking about the event, US Women Co-Chair Jacqui Zinkin said: “The US Women Annual Dinner was an amazing event which marked a significant change in the influence held by women within the United Synagogue. US Women took the brave decision to dissolve in its current form and re-emerge as a sub-committee of the US Trustee board, enabling women's issues to be addressed in the mainstream strategic development of the United Synagogue. It is fitting that on International Women’s Day, our members came together to celebrate our continued contribution to our community. I would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make this amazing event happen and to the inspirational Clare Lomas MBE for sharing her story with us.”

Jacqui Zinkin, Co-Chair of US Women

The evening also featured an appeal to raise money towards providing disabled access for synagogues as well as a mini auction