Shul gives women Torah role

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

An independent Progressive congregation has finally decided to lift restrictions on women being called up to and to read from the Torah.

Belsize Square Synagogue had resisted the full egalitarianism common to most Reform and Liberal communities.


Our company made a profit in the recession

By Charlotte Fox , July 1, 2013

We launched Henry Fox over five years ago during the recession. It was the worst time to start a company, but it was also the making of us because we did not have a large and expensive firm to maintain.

Gaby and I were sitting by the pool in Tel Aviv when we decided to launch our recruitment company that specialises in fashion.


Here come women — at your service

By Dina Brawer, June 28, 2013

It was a (very) wet Wednesday morning a couple of weeks ago when I attended a brit in a private home. Notwithstanding the weather and the early start, the house was filled with guests.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.