Women



Love to hate Valentine’s Day? You’re not alone

By Sandy Rashty and Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

If you’re a single Jewish girl, you’ll experience one or more of these things today:

1) You wake up to a box of chocolates and note … from your mum. The note ends with a JDate subscription and ticket to a Jewish Care Jew-do – that you pocket for later.

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Don't judge us for being childless

By Sarah Bronzite, July 14, 2016

Chaya speaks calmly about a memorable visit to her local mikvah.

"I had a mikvah lady physically poke me in the stomach and say 'Why no baby? Why do you keep coming back?' And this wasn't after I was dressed - I was completely naked in the mikvah room. That was quite special..."

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Connecting women

June 10, 2016

Professor Julia Hobsbawm addressed the inaugural meeting of women's forum the Aitza Network in central London on her career and her Jewish journey. The network is an initiative of Women in Jewish Leadership, a Board of Deputies project. Board chief executive Gillian Merron said it provided "a valuable opportunity for women from a diverse cross-section of the community to connect".

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Female singing ban leads to legal action

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A long-running controversy over a ban on women singing at communal Jewish events in South Africa because of religious sensitivities has resulted in legal action.

Two orthodox Jews, along with the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (Sacred), have lodged a complaint of unfair discrimination against the South African Jewish Board of Deputies' Cape Council.

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Women get more lead roles at S&P

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2016

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Number of Jewish women seeking support from domestic abuse charity up by 50 per cent

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent increase in the number of women using its services over the past four months.

Jewish Women’s Aid, which supports women and their children affected by domestic abuse, said the number of people dependent on the charity has risen from 40 to 60 since November.

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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.

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Maitlis makes news for WJR's women's work

March 17, 2016

BBC journalist and presenter Emily Maitlis made the headlines for a World Jewish Relief lunch raising awareness and support for vulnerable women in the charity's programmes.

Ms Maitlis told the all-female audience about her visits to WJR support programmes.

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2,500-year-old woman's stamp of authority discovered

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

In a discovery that appeared to be timed perfectly for International Women's Day last Tuesday, a 2,500-year-old artefact belonging to an "exceptional" woman was unearthed in Israel.

Archaeologists who were excavating a site outside Jerusalem's Old City found a seal made from semi-precious stone and bearing the name, "Elihana bat Gael".

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Remembering wartime nurse on women's day

March 10, 2016

To mark International Women's Day, a ceremony was held at the United Synagogue's Plashet cemetery in east London in memory of a nurse who died on wartime service 100 years ago.

The memorial for Edith Munro, who died aged 23, was led by HM Armed Forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone and attended by dignitaries and family members.

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