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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Dr Nissim Levy used to search for E.T - then his career took off

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Dr Nissim Levy once had a promising career in science.

A chemistry specialist, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion graduate worked as a senior researcher for NASA.

There, he worked in the department for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, where he became an expert on "life in the universe and life here".

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Orthodox rabbis ponder key issues

January 12, 2015

The role of Jewish Women in the 21st century, dealing with bereavement and promoting a positive Jewish phil-osophy were among issues discussed by more than 200 Orthodox rabbis and rebbetzins at this week’s Aleinu conference in Hertfordshire.

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Women don't need partnership minyans

By Ilana Freedman, January 8, 2015

Over the past year we have heard a good deal about partnership minyanim - religious services where women take on more active roles such as leading some prayers, leyning from the Torah and receiving aliyot. Their proponents have trumpeted them as pivotal in determining the future direction of Orthodoxy in what is said to be "a male-dominated" environment.

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Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.

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March of the mumpreneurs

By Natalie Lancer, December 18, 2014

Last month saw the first proclaimed Women's Entrepreneurship Day, so it seems apt to reflect on the Mumpreneurs - the unsung heroines of the 21st century.

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Rabbi blocks women from Kotel lighting

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

chanucah-lighting at the Western Wall will remain a men's-only affair after the Kotel rabbi this week refused a request for a communal chanuciah to be set up in the women's section.

The women's group that lodged the request - via the Prime Minister's Office - is claiming that the decision is motivated by sexism, not by religious objections.

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Scene and heard quite Enough

December 11, 2014

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked in Leeds with a film showing by Jewish Women's Aid.

The film, Enough, screened at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, tells the story of the wife of a controlling and abusive man who decides to fight back.

Event organiser Beryl Glass said: "This film has given people a lot to think about.

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Rabbi criticises Beth Din over women's Torah ban

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has criticised its rabbinic authorities for stopping women from reading from the Torah.

As reported in last week’s JC, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din refused permission for a group of women at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue to leyn on Simchat Torah.

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Feminist group founder is training to be a 'rabbi'

December 5, 2014

The founder of the UK branch of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Dina Brawer, has enrolled at the first yeshivah to ordain women as spiritual leaders for modern Orthodox communities.

Graduates of the four-year programme at New York's Yeshivat Maharat are called "maharat", considered by many as rabbis in all but name.

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