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Parliament hosts Chanucah celebration for gay group

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Parliament has hosted its first Chanucah reception for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.

Keshet UK, which promotes the inclusion of LGBT Jews in all aspects of communal life, welcomed around 100 people to the Commons’ Jubilee Room on Monday evening.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's reforming zeal

November 29, 2013

So much for the Chief Rabbi as merely a figurehead! He has not even been in office for three months but already Rabbi Mirvis has made his mark with reforming zeal.

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Rabbis condemn Golders Green Synagogue after women hold Torah scroll

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

A United Synagogue congregation which allows women to hold a Sefer Torah has defended itself following an attack from the Orthodox right.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, had condemned the practice as “Reform-influenced”.

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Chief Mirvis backs top United Synagogue role for women

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

Women could become trustees of the United Synagogue for the first time after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis approved the idea of female members standing for election as trustees of Britain’s main central Orthodox body.

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Daddy, can mummy light the candles too?

By Rabbi Natan Levy, November 24, 2013

Chanucah can celebrate insomnia. Last year, I returned home late from Trafalgar Square, to awaken a somniferous wife, who asked sleepily: “Why can’t I light for both of us?” Why can’t she? Gentle reader, let me tell you that story.

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Top women are now leading the world of high finance

By Alex Brummer, November 22, 2013

The departure of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry and Marjorie Scardino from Pearson has left Britain’s FTSE100 boardrooms woefully short of women chief executives.

But in the world of high finance, it is becoming a very different story.

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Fashion world split over Galliano job at Vogue

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2013

The fashion world is split over Vogue UK magazine’s decision to use disgraced designer John Galliano as guest fashion editor for its December edition.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman described Mr Galliano — who faced criminal charges after a drunken antisemitic rant in 2011 — as a designer “informed by a richness of imagination and history”.

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Babette Wasserman: The jewel behind the global brand

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

When it comes to launching a top retail brand in London — innovation, social media and celebrities are key to success.

So goes the advice of top businesswoman Babette Wasserman, who launched her jewellery line over 15 years ago.

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Leading women want more of same

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Women executives of communal organisations have banded together in support of a campaign encouraging women to take up leadership roles.

Fifteen female chiefs of charities from Jewish Blind and Disabled to Kisharon attended the launch of the Women CEO Network, a forum set up by the Women in Jewish Leadership group.

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Beth Alexander will fight on for custody of twins

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

A British mother who lost her appeal last week to win custody of her children from her ex-husband in Vienna has pledged she will take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court and, if necessary, the European Court of Human Rights.

In the meantime, she has launched an online campaign encouraging members of the UK Jewish community to write to the Austrian ambassador in support of her case.

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