Women

Five women arrested at Western Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 11, 2013

Five women were arrested at the Western Wall on Thursday morning, just two days after a breakthrough meeting on how to resolve tensions at the site.

An estimated 200 women attended the monthly service held by women's rights group Women of the Wall and five were arrested for attempting to wear tallitot, including the group’s director Lesley Sachs.

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Sharansky to suggest ‘egalitarian’ section at Western Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 9, 2013

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), is due to present a plan for an egalitarian section at the Western Wall to American Jewish leaders today, The Forward has reported.

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Cherie Blair helps women gain a voice at Israeli Business Club

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Cherie Blair spoke about the importance of women’s empowerment at an event hosted by the Israeli Business Club (IBC) last week.

In honour of International Women’s Week, the IBC hosted its first event for Israeli women living in the UK, giving them the opportunity to network and promote their businesses from social media to make-up artistry.

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Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman due to speak in UK

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Centre, says “the bravest feminists in Israel today are Orthodox women who are willing to fight.”

Ms Hoffman praised the Orthodox women “who call us to confront the rabbis who seem to be above the law” and to challenge the “hegemony of strictly Orthodox interpretation of women.”

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Orthodox hope to woo women outside home

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish woman threw down an unorthodox challenge this week: “Let’s reclaim the F word.”

But Dina Brawer meant “feminism,” and she wants to make it fashionable.

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Gaza marathon cancelled over Hamas ban on women

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called off the Gaza marathon because the Hamas authorities have refused to allow women to join the race.

The third Gaza marathon was due to take place next month, but will not go ahead because "the authorities in Gaza… have insisted that no women should participate".

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Sisters in step: feisty, funny female fighters for Israel

By Amanda Craig, February 27, 2013

What is it like to be a woman soldier in the Israel Defence Forces? The 25-year-old Israeli novelist Shani Boianjiu has personal experience of it, and her answer is: a mixture of boredom, fear and sexual frustration.

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Charedi arrested for ordering woman to back of bus

By Ben Hartman, February 21, 2013

Israeli police have arrested a Charedi man suspected of ordering a 22-year-old woman to the back of a bus last week.

Noa Kentman was sitting at the front of an Egged bus bound for Ashdod when two Charedi men told her to move to the back in an attempt to enforce gender segregation.

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Israeli man arrested for ordering a woman to move to the back seat

By Zoe Winograd, February 18, 2013

A man has been arrested for ordering a 22-year-old woman to sit at the back of a bus in Israel.

On Friday two strictly Orthodox men are said to have harassed Noa Kentman while she sat on a bus headed to Ashdod.

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Women leaders are up to speed

February 18, 2013

A speed “mentor matching” event in London launched the response to the first recommendation from the JLC’s Commission into Women in Jewish Leadership.

Organised by Lead, it brought mentors and mentees together in a speed-dating format. Participants are involved in a wide range of communal groups.

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