Women

Not a one-off...

June 6, 2013

Sunday's Orthodox service in London, where women will be called up to the Torah with men and both will read from it, is significant. Partnership minyans are growing in Israel and the US, most famously the Shira Hadasha community in Jerusalem where a number of British olim regularly pray.

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Orthodox breakthrough for women with new service

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

An Orthodox service led by women as well as men is to take place in London on Sunday – possibly the first of its kind to be held openly in the UK.

It will happen before the start of the inaugural conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK in Golders Green, although it is not part of the conference.

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Touching bottom? IDF girls pose in underwear

By Elliot Miller, June 3, 2013

Female Israeli soldiers based in southern Israel have been disciplined after pictures emerged of them posing in their underwear.

In one of the pictures, two newly recruited women expose their bottoms to the camera.

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Gossip girl who puts women in driving seat

By Charlotte Leuw, June 3, 2013

Whenever I went to a garage, I got ripped off. A lot of mechanics saw a young girl driving a nice Volkswagen Beetle and decided to charge really high prices for simple things. But I didn’t know any better and paid them the money.

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Wall fight is to return Judaism to Israel

By Laura Janner-Klausner, May 31, 2013

The debate about Women of the Wall, the cross-denominational group that has campaigned for a quarter-of-a-century for the right of women to pray together and read from the Torah at the Kotel, has been heating up of late. But the real significance of the campaign is neither about women nor about the wall.

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Mother-of-one elected as youngest synagogue chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

A 27-year-old mother and part-time charity worker has been elected as the youngest chair of a United Synagogue shul.

Michelle Bauernfreund was voted in unopposed at the 220-member Alei Tzion synagogue in Hendon, north-west London.

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Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2013

When it comes to film, "Jewish men are smoking hot, Jewish women are non-existent and/or awful". So says journalist Hadley Freeman in her new book on feminism, the media, and the myths perpetuated by Hollywood.

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How we joined the Mumpreneurs

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2013

Balancing a career with motherhood is tough. Some women say they manage the emotional guilt by separating their professional persona from their role as a mother. Others, namely the new breed of “Mumpreneurs”, have solved the dilemma by setting up businesses at home.

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Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.

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The Women of the Wall: should they be bothered?

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

The Western Wall has lately become a battleground in the struggle for egalitarianism. The arrest of women for praying in a tallit at the sacred site has sparked anger across the Jewish world and fuelled demands from non-Orthodox Jews in particular for equal religious rights.

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