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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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".