Women

Poem by celebrated Victorian feminist sold at auction

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2013

One of the final writings of a Victorian Jew who Oscar Wilde praised as a "girl of genius" has been auctioned for £3,500.

The poem by Amy Levy, At Dawn, was sold at Bonhams on Wednesday for £500 more than anticipated.

Written around 1889, shortly before Levy's suicide, it is the first time any of her work had been made for sale.

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Progress for women at Federation synagogues

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Women in the Federation of Synagogues have for the first time been elected to the management board of a congregation.

Yeshurun Synagogue in Edgware took the historic step on Tuesday, voting five women to its 12-person board.

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Belmont United is latest synagogue to elect a woman chair

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

The United Synagogue has elected its fourth shul chairwoman

Frances Grossman, a former vice-chair, was voted in as chair of Belmont United Synagogue in Stanmore on Wednesday night.

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‘Long time coming’ but United Synagogue finally has a chairwoman

By Jay Grenby, May 2, 2013

The woman who has made history by becoming the first chairwoman of a United Synagogue shul says she has no great desire for power and is simply looking forward to doing the job.

Karen Appleby was elected unanimously and unopposed at St Albans Synagogue’s AGM on Sunday.

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St Albans woman in breakthrough United Synagogue election

By Jay Grenby, April 29, 2013

One of the United Synagogue's smallest communities has made history by becoming the first US congregation to elect a woman chair.

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Women are stuck in the comfort zone

By Sandy Rashty, April 26, 2013

Banking is an aggressive, competitive and challenging industry dominated by men. Women — especially Orthodox women — are noticeably absent from top positions in the financial industry. But it is not the workplace environment that is holding them back, says leading financier Judy Heicklen.

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Legal victory for Women of the Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 25, 2013

Women of the Wall, the campaign group for equal prayer rights at the Western Wall, won a significant legal victory today as a Jerusalem court ruled that the police should not arrest them for their actions.

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Why am I running? I’m the best person for the post

By Frances Grossman, April 24, 2013

"I've been the vice-chair of Belmont Synagogue for four years. I feel that, having done my apprenticeship as it were, I can now stand for chair.

"I did feel that is was unfair before that women could not stand. Surely every organisation wants the best person for the job. It can be a man or a woman, as happens in business, but the best person should get the position.

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Four women to stand for top synagogue jobs

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2013

The United Synagogue is likely to get its first woman chairman of a congregation when it hold its elections next month.

The Chief Rabbi and US leaders passed a ruling allowing women to become chairmen of synagogues last December. Women had previously been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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Don’t drown in Maggie’s wake

By Laura Marks, April 21, 2013

It is more than 30 years since Margaret Thatcher became our first female prime minister, trailblazing the way for women, changing the rules and smashing the glass ceiling. Although we don't buy that for a moment, it is worth considering what this formidable leader really did for women and what we as a Jewish community can learn.

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