Women

Orthodox feminism must know its limits

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, June 23, 2013

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is an organisation that was set up in order to encourage Orthodox women to be able to find more expression within the realm of Orthodoxy and traditional Judaism.

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After Nigella, expert warns over treatment of women

By Sandy Rashty, June 20, 2013

Sufferers of domestic abuse should seek help, and resist the temptation to deny the problem, a leading expert has warned.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Women's prayers answered

By Miriam Shaviv, June 17, 2013

When you hear the same promises from leaders for years, or even decades, cynicism is inevitable. So I will forgive any readers who laugh when I predict there is going to be significant progress on one of the thorniest issues facing our community: the role of women in Orthodoxy.

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How Orthodox women can be liberated in shul

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2013

It was a problem few synagogues face but most would be delighted to have. On Sunday so many people turned up for a Rosh Chodesh service in London that some had to be turned away.

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Inaugural UK conference of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

By Zoe Winograd, June 13, 2013

There was a whiff of revolution in the air in north London on Sunday when a group of women and men gathered to challenge the Orthodox establishment.

“Today, we are witnessing a decentralisation of Jewish halachic authority,” announced Professor Tamar Ross, of Bar Ilan University.

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It’s the Gaza Strip (again): female IDF soldiers post provocative video

By Elliot Miller, June 12, 2013

Amateur video footage of female Israeli soldiers dancing in their underwear has been making waves on social media websites.

The video shows female soldiers spanking each other and using their military-issue rifles as stripper poles.

A censored clip was played on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

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Women to appoint rabbinic judges in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 11, 2013

The Israeli government has passed a bill obliging the committee that appoints rabbinical judges to reserve four spots for women.

The legislation was approved today at the end of a long Knesset meeting which began on Monday night.

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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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