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.


Let's cool down the overheated debate over Orthodox women

By Rebbetzin Lauren Levin, November 26, 2015

As we approach Chanucah, I always reflect on how different some of our Jewish practices might have looked if it had not been for the sage Hillel, who instituted and fought for the way in which we kindle our Chanucah lights. Not only Chanucah, but some of our most basic rituals and moral beliefs: divorce, telling white lies and accessing Jewish learning.


Chief Rabbi helps raise awareness of domestic abuse on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis echoed a global call to fight domestic violence today.

As patron of the Jewish Women's Aid charity, he attended a stall in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north-west London to increase aware of domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Why are we still in denial about domestic violence in the Jewish community?

By Naomi Dickson, November 19, 2015

"Convince me" she says.

"Sorry, convince you of what," I reply. It's been a long day. And now, I'm speaking to a group of about 20 men and women about domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Women's learning is a vital link in the chain of tradition

By Rabbi Dr Adam Mintz, November 12, 2015

I walk into a shiur, and the 12 students open their Gemara Gittin. An internet connection allows us to include two more students, a Londoner and a Bostonian, in the learning experience. Asked to read, one student begins with the Gemara and continues with a flawless reading and explanation of Rashi.


America's Orthodox authority bans female rabbis - and that's official

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

The battle over Orthodox women rabbis has intensified in the United States over the past week after the traditionalist rabbinate stepped up its opposition.


Being a Jew in the jungle? I loved it (and lost weight)

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

A London-born woman is set to appear on an Israeli reality television series that airs this weekend.

Lisa Shurkin, 36, who made aliyah in 2005, will be seen taking part in the Israeli version of Survivor, which is based on the American game show.


Terminally ill Jewish woman ends life at Dignitas

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A Jewish mother from Manchester ended her life at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after battling a debilitating illness for almost 20 years.

Rachelle Linz, 50, took a fatal dose of drugs at the assisted suicide clinic in Zurich after saying that the neurological condition had “destroyed everything I loved so much about my life”.


Baroness Williams stresses importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Baroness Williams stressed the importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives in Britain in the wake of the increasing violence in Israel.


Women take 'big step' with Torah dance

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Women carried Sifrei Torah at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Simchat Torah in what is described as "a big step" forward.

On Monday, the shul's kiddush hall was equally divided by a mechitzah, with around 200 men on one side and 100 women on the other.