Women

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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Last woman standing as four fail to make shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

With five Jewish writers nominated for the annual Women’s Prize for Fiction, sheer probability alone would have meant at least one would make the shortlist.

In the event, only A M Homes remains a contender for the £30,000 award— formerly called the Orange Prize — after Francesca Segal, Shani Boianjiu, Deborah Copaken Kogan and Sheila Heti failed to make the cut this week.

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Reform welcome for Wall compromise

By Simon Rocker, April 12, 2013

A compromise proposal to settle the long-running dispute over women praying at the Western Wall has been welcomed by the British Reform movement.

The arrest of women for wearing tallitot at services during the Kotel has sparked outrage across the Jewish world over recent months.

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Searching for women leaders — the next step

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Volunteers are being sought to enact the recommendations of last year’s Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership and ensure that more women reach senior roles in Anglo-Jewry.

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UK rabbis tell Israel: let women pray at the Wall

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

A group of more than 20 Progressive rabbis and rabbinic students from the UK have protested to the Israeli ambassador about the treatment of women who want to pray at the Western Wall, describing police threats to arrest the women saying Kaddish as “shocking”.

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