After 30 years, he left me for a man

September 8, 2016

I grew up in London with parents who, while proud of being Jewish, weren't religious. I was in my late 20s and very independent (I'd already moved out of home, something "nice Jewish girls" didn't do in the 1970s) when, at a Jewish charity function, a mutual friend introduced me to the man who would become my husband.


Please do as I say and not as I did

By Karen Glaser, July 14, 2016

I grew up in suburban South Wales and until I went to university in the late 80s I thought most Jewish families were like my own: intermarriages on every branch, and not entirely sure where the nearest synagogue was.

Manchester University rapidly corrected my misperception: I didn't just get an academic education there, I got a Jewish one too.


Intermarriage: We must not give a message of rejection

By Aaron Goldstein, July 14, 2016

Intermarriage in the UK is broadly stable at just over a quarter of the Jewish population and those that marry non-Jews are less likely to bring up their children as Jewish than those that marry Jews.


Clary stars for newlyweds

July 8, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Bradley Reback married solicitor Stuart Lawrence in the first male gay wedding under Finchley Progressive Synagogue auspices since the 2013 law change enabling same-sex marriages.

The 150 guests at the wedding, held at the couple's home, were entertained by actor and comedian Julian Clary, who made the simchah the unofficial final night of a three-month national


Many sides to intermarriage

By Jonathan Boyd, July 7, 2016

It gets me every time. That moment in Fiddler on the Roof when Tevye turns his back on his daughter Chava, after refusing to give his blessing to her marriage to Fyedka, a non-Jew. "If I bend that far, I will break," Tevye exclaims with a growing sense of despair. And that's the clincher for him. "There is no other hand! No, Chava!


International move on agunot

By Nathan Jeffay, June 16, 2016

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has announced a move to help the plight of agunot, women whose husbands are refusing to give them religious divorce documents.

In Israeli law, these men can be subjected to legal sanctions - but when they leave the country, Israeli rabbis are powerless.


Drop in couples signing pre-nups

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

There has been a sharp drop in the number of marrying couples signing prenuptial agreements since their introduction by the Office of the Chief Rabbi 20 years ago to prevent the incidence of agunot, women trapped in a dead marriage.

Whereas 45 per cent of couples registering for marriage at the Chief Rabbi's Office signed agreements (PNAs) in 1996, that had declined to 40 per cent in 2010 and s


Beth Din has got to get serious

By Yehudis Fletcher, March 23, 2016

Ten years ago, I sought a religious divorce through the Kedassia Beth Din.

The experience was horrific. The dayanim and registrar didn't take my wishes or grievances into account. I felt I didn't have voice. I was humiliated.

At one point, I was asked to sign an agreement and when I started reading it, I was told to stop and just sign.


Meet Joanne Greenaway - the Beth Din woman taking a tough stand on get-denial

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2016

At the age of 83, Valerie Cocks is the oldest agunah in Europe.

For the past 45 years, Herman Laub has refused to grant her a get (a religious divorce). Without it, they are still considered halachically married.


High Court rejects couple’s challenge to civil partnership law

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2016

A Jewish couple have lost their bid to make civil partnerships legal for heterosexual partners.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan launched a judicial review in December 2013 after refusing to enter what they saw as the sexist institution of marriage.