Why am I running? I’m the best person for the post

By Frances Grossman, April 24, 2013

"I've been the vice-chair of Belmont Synagogue for four years. I feel that, having done my apprenticeship as it were, I can now stand for chair.

"I did feel that is was unfair before that women could not stand. Surely every organisation wants the best person for the job. It can be a man or a woman, as happens in business, but the best person should get the position.


Four women to stand for top synagogue jobs

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2013

The United Synagogue is likely to get its first woman chairman of a congregation when it hold its elections next month.

The Chief Rabbi and US leaders passed a ruling allowing women to become chairmen of synagogues last December. Women had previously been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.


Don’t drown in Maggie’s wake

By Laura Marks, April 21, 2013

It is more than 30 years since Margaret Thatcher became our first female prime minister, trailblazing the way for women, changing the rules and smashing the glass ceiling. Although we don't buy that for a moment, it is worth considering what this formidable leader really did for women and what we as a Jewish community can learn.


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.