Women

Partnership minyans are not going away

By Dr Miri Freud-Kandel, February 23, 2014

Over the past few months, the term “partnership minyan” or PM, has increasingly been on people’s lips Though rather clunky, it refers to a relatively new concept on the Orthodox prayer scene in which women play a larger role in tefillah.

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Synagogue offers greater role for women

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

A United Synagogue congregation is to introduce changes to allow women a greater role in the synagogue service.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue in London learned of the innovations at a meeting on Sunday.

A congregant told the JC that the changes would “push the boundaries a bit”.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis backs mother over custody row

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed a mother’s bid to be reunited with her missing sons.

In a letter, he said the Rachael Neustadt’s two children were facing a tragic situation.

Three months ago, Ms Neustadt won a landmark court ruling to bring Daniel, seven, and Jonathan, five, back to the UK, after they were taken to Moscow by their father Ilya in 2012.

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Bid to counter domestic violence in Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Jewish groups in the UK have backed an international campaign against violence directed at women.

Jewish Women’s Aid, United Synagogue Women and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) are supporting the One Billion Rising event in London, co-ordinated by Jewish playwright Eve Ensler and businesswoman Lynne Franks.

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Segregating men and women is not sexist? Really, rabbi?

By Lindsay Simmonds, February 1, 2014

Rabbi Daniel Levy’s anachronistic article in the JC’s Judaism page earlier this month is peppered with flawed reasoning. He suggests that “segregating men and women is not sexist”. But sexism is defined by the differentiation between sexes because of their sex alone — based on no other personal characteristic — and this is indeed the case with the mechitza.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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Lihi Lapid: Confessions of a woman of valour

By Daniel Easterman, January 23, 2014

Yair and Lihi Lapid are, in the eyes of many, Israel’s most glamorous couple. And, with Yair Lapid’s recent rise to prominence as Finance Minister in Israel’s coalition — the most powerful.

The one downside is that, now he is a political insider, his popularity is not what it was in his former life as an actor, playwright and celebrity writer.

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A quarter of JDate survey respondents would marry cheating partner

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

Men are expected to be the primary breadwinners, wives want to be younger than their husbands and around 25 per cent of people would consider marrying a partner who had cheated on them in their relationship, according to a survey co-led by top Jewish dating website, JDate.

The statistics were taken from a survey of 2,600 men and women, aged 18 to 59, in the United States.

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Learning curve for US women

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

United Synagogue Women have launched an educational series designed to encourage women to take up senior positions in the community.

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The sky's the limit for our girls

By Norma Brier, January 18, 2014

Recently, we celebrated the birth of Iris, my second baby grand-daughter. Of course, there were the usual jokes about saving for the wedding. There were also more serious musings about her future: her education; what career she might choose as an adult. Our elder grand-daughter, Dora, is 18 months old and is obsessed with her favourite toy, a large digger truck.

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