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.


Breast cancer sufferers to make catwalk debut

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

Three Jewish women have been chosen to model clothes by top designers at a fashion show to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Amanda Turofsky, Katie Worth and Jodi Wilson, all three sufferers of the disease, will be appearing on the catwalk at the celebrity-studded event.

Ms Turofsky, 54, from Elstree, said: "I am looking forward to being made to feel glamorous for the night."


Therapy? It's all in the design for UK architect behind women's centre

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

The women and children in the picture above may look as if they're imprisoned behind high walls in their secluded Tel Aviv garden.

But the walls are there to keep unwelcome intruders out - and to give the women the confidence they need to live beyond them again.


Government minister Baroness Williams to attend launch of Jewish-Muslim women’s group

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2015

Communities Minister Baroness Williams will speak at the formal launch of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group next month.

The Tory peer is set to welcome the launch of government-backed initiative Nisa-Nashim, an interfaith body aiming to strengthen relations between the two communities.


US shul gives scholar post to woman

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

The first British woman to study for Orthodox ordination has been appointed scholar in residence at a United Synagogue community.

Dina Brawer, who is the UK ambassador for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, will be leading several Shabbat study sessions at Hampstead Synagogue in London.

In 2014, Mrs Brawer enrolled as a long-distance student at Yeshivat Maharat in New York, the first yes


All-female group takes fresh approach to Jewish-Muslim relations

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2015

Jewish and Muslim women have joined together in a bid to strengthen ties between the two communities.

Nisa-Nashim is a social action network set to launch formally in October and has already attracted more than 200 supporters across the country since its soft-launch in June.


‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.


US blessing for British first Jewish priestesses

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2015

Two women have become the first Britons to be formally ordained as Jewish priestesses.

Rachel Rose Reid, one of the country’s top storytellers, and Brighton-born Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny, who now leads a Jewish Renewal community in Boulder, Colorado, are among this year’s graduates from the Kohenet (priestess) Institute in Connecticut, in the United States.


Mother assaulted as burglars steal barmitzvah presents from north London home

By Sandy Rashty, August 3, 2015

A Jewish woman has spoken of her fear after being attacked by burglars at her home in north London.

Deborah Nathan, 49, was pushed to the floor as two men forced their way into her six-bedroom home in Golders Green. They ransacked the safe containing family heirlooms and stole her son’s barmitzvah presents.


The Ladies who Lunch: We're raising our profile - and funds

By Sandy Rashty, July 30, 2015

It all started with the women of Wizo, founded in 1918, who in the intervening near-century have raised tens of millions for Israel's most needy.

Generations of women have come together in support of the welfare organisation and it was once considered the charity for "ladies who lunch".