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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Joan Collins: I was drugged and raped

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2014

Joan Collins has revealed that she suffered a horrific sexual assault when she was 17.

The 81-year-old actress made the revelations in ‘Brave Miss World’, a documentary made by Israeli Miss World Winner and rape victim Linor Abargil.

Ms Collins explained in the film how she was drugged and raped by the man whom she later married, Maxwell Reed.

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Wall women grateful for mini-Torah from the UK

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A tiny Sefer Torah loaned from Britain is playing its part in a campaign by women to hold prayer services at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall group are officially prohibited from using a Sefer Torah by the site's rabbinical authorities.

But last month they smuggled in the Sefer for a batmitzvah - and they plan to use it again for another on Sunday, which coincides with Rosh Chodesh, t

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Some Friday night feminism

By Sally Berkovic, November 6, 2014

The Great Challah Make was a wonderful gathering and sheitels off to the organisers for the entire Shabbat UK event.

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Golders Green service raises the stakes

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

An Orthodox partnership minyan - where women can read from the Torah and lead certain parts of the service - has begun in a third location in London.

Around 100 men, women and children attended the Golders Green partnership minyan, which took place at the Jewish Vegetarian Society last Shabbat morning.

It follows the establishment of similar ventures in Elstree a year ago and in Hampstead.

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Year of enriching egalitarianism

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

It has been a year since Orthodox men and women in London came together for a new, experimental type of service, one in which women leyn and lead certain parts of tefillah while still considering their practices halachically acceptable.

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Despite opposition, this is a trend that's not going away

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

It is less than a year-and-a-half since the UK's first openly advertised a partnership minyan, where Orthodox women could enjoy a public role in the prayer service.

Before then, such gatherings were virtually underground activities, below the rabbinic radar.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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