Give us all a proper education

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 16, 2014

It's amazing to think that the female of the species could ever be referred to as the "weaker sex". But I concede, it is a confusing time to be a woman.

In a week when the army is considering allowing women on the front line, yet women approaching 50 form the largest growth in the unemployment figures, I attended the Jewish Care Woman Of Distinction ceremony.


Women should be able to carry the Torah, too

By Benedict Roth, May 11, 2014

Access to Jewish education for women was debated in the Mishnah nearly 2,000 years ago.


I ventured away from Brent Cross and survived

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

For a Jewish girl who has lived in London her whole life, all my shopping, sporting and general out-and-about activities have been confined to the north-west of the capital.

Like many members of the community, I prefer to spend my free time in local areas where there is parking, rather than travelling to places that may be just a few tube-stops away.


My year as a synagogue chair

By Anne Gordon, May 9, 2014

In January 2013 the United Synagogue voted to allow women to become chairs of their synagogues. When the news was announced I knew that, after 25 years of communal involvement, I would stand.


Working hard for a real share of power

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014


FOUNDERS: Established by Dina Brawer — Jofa’s UK ambassador — in June 2013 and formally launched with its first UK conference attended by over 200 women and men. The group is inspired by two Orthodox feminist organisations — Kolech in Israel and Jofa in the USA.


Women’s equality? We’re already there

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

A JC survey of new Jewish women’s groups has thrown into sharp relief the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox movements in tackling gender inequality.

Over the past year, Orthodox women’s organisations have secured access to lay leadership roles — including chair and trustee positions in the United Synagogue — and lobbied against all-male panels at communal events.


Jewish women listed in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence might have topped FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll this year, but British and American Jewish women followed soon after.

An incredible ten per cent of the list was Jewish.



US rabbis ‘infantilised’ by Charedi Beth Din rulings

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has attacked the London Beth Din over the scrapping of a newly introduced practice to give women a greater role within Orthodox services.

Rabbi Michael Harris, of Hampstead Synagogue, who has been the most prominent champion of modern Orthodoxy within the US, called the incident “disturbing”.


What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"


Stockholm Jewish community given cash boost for equality

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 28, 2014

The Stockholm Jewish community has been given half a million krona — around £52,000 — by the Swedish government to promote sexual equality.

The National Board for Youth Affairs, awarded the money to fund a project encouraging Orthodox women to be more involved in religious life.