Women

RSY girls arrested in Women of the Wall protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2012

Two young British women have been arrested in Jerusalem after participating in a Women of the Wall religious rights protest.

The 18-year-olds, who are currently on RSY-Netzer’s Israel gap-year programme, were arrested on Friday during morning prayers at the Western Wall.

Women of the Wall protests often lead to women being arrested for praying at the site wearing a tallit.

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How to be an Orthodox Jew — and a feminist too

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2012

A respected American programme catering to Orthodox Jewish women is to launch in the UK in the new year.

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance will be run by London-based Dina Brawer in an attempt to boost the education and resources on offer to a new generation of Orthodox women.

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We can’t ignore this sorry affair

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 11, 2012

At first glance, the story of the divorce of Beth Alexander and Michael Schlesinger is all too familiar. Two young people meet. They get married. Children come along — in this case, twin boys. Then things start to go wrong (or perhaps they started to go wrong much earlier). The couple split up.

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At last — I contemplate naval

By Maureen Lipman, December 10, 2012

I’ve Joined the Navy.

I’m in a play at the Hampstead Theatre, in which my character, a widow, buys a red coat. “It’s a bit young,” says her mother. “I’d have thought at your age you’d have gone for something a bit more classic. Navy or camel.” It rings a large bell every time the actress says it.

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United Synagogue says yes to women leaders

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

Orthodox women in the UK have hailed an historic breakthrough after the chief rabbi and United Synagogue leaders cleared the way for them to become chairmen of synagogues.

Since US women were first permitted to become local synagogue officers in 2001, they have been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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JWA: Laura's story

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

LAURA, 24, MARRIED YOUNG AFTER A MATCH WAS MADE IN ISRAEL. SHE NOW LIVES IN LONDON WITH HER TWO CHILDREN AND IS TRYING TO OBTAIN A GET (RELIGIOUS DIVORCE)

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JWA: Aaron's story

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

AARON, 15, HAS SUFFERED PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE FROM HIS FATHER — AS HAVE HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS

“Dad was very violent to mum,” he says. “The longest period of him not being violent was two weeks. There was police involvement on several occasions. He hit me and my sister. When dad was hitting mum, I felt very scared. As I got older I tried to intervene.

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Feeling at home in the Synod

By Daniel Finkelstein, December 2, 2012

It's an odd thing, when you are called Finkelstein, to find yourself commenting on the internal debates of the Church of England. But such was my fate - both on television and in print - when the Synod made its decision not to allow women to become Bishop.

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Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.

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Should Israel take away the vote from women?

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, November 8, 2012

"Women are forbidden from holding public office in Israel and ideally should not even vote in the general elections.”

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