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.


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.


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.


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.


Mirvis bans women from reading Torah

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has ruled out women reading from the Sefer Torah as part of Orthodox services.

He made his view clear this week as it emerged that he had blocked women from one of his communities who wanted a women-only Torah reading on Simchat Torah.

Rabbi Mirvis said: "Our mesorah (tradition) sets out halachic lines and it is not my halachic view that women may read from a Sefer


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.


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


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.


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.


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.