The League of Jewish Women

League of Jewish Women




Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Locally, there is a long-standing League of Jewish Women (LJW) group, Chaired by Thelma Cowan, with a core of members and a wider population of supporters.  The group operates across four key pillars:

Welfare.  Our welfare programme includes hospital visiting at Bournemouth and Poole, home visiting and providing community connections.

Support.  We have a close relationship with Hannah Levy House, and have continued to provide support, including contributing to new projects and improvements.

Events.  Our members and supporters enjoy our fun and entertaining programme of afternoon events, welcoming an eclectic mix of interesting and thought-provoking academic and specialist speakers, entertainers and musicians.

Outings.  Our well-subscribed trips have included days out to Oxford and to the Isle of Wight.  We always include Theatre trips in our programme, often enjoying touring companies appearing from the West End.

The National Organisation

The local group is part of the UK-wide League of Jewish Women, which was founded in 1943.  LJW is the leading voluntary Jewish women’s service organisation in the United Kingdom.  Associated with other national and international organisations, membership is open to all Jewish women and men.  LJW provides help wherever it is needed, within both the Jewish and the wider community.  As well as welfare work, LJW provides a range of educational and social activities across the UK.  LJW members are organised in local groups that meet regularly for social events and to arrange their voluntary service.  The type of work members do is as varied as the members themselves.

International Links

LJW is the UK affiliate of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW).  ICJW represents Jewish women from all walks of life in many important international forums and is strategically positioned to confront and respond to the concerns of the Jewish community and women in general.  ICJW has consultative status at the United Nations.  ICJW is also represented at major international and regional organisations.  ICJW lobbies for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life and has affiliate organisations in 36 countries.

Join us in Dorset

We are always delighted to welcome new members to our local group.  For more information, please contact Zara Pinner.

Zara Pinner

Information and Publicity Officer