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Segregating men and women is not sexist

By Rabbi Daniel Levy, January 17, 2014

In early 2013, several British universities followed University College London by allowing separate seating for men and women during talks organised by certain Muslim groups.

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Do not argue with me on this one

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

Listen up, you young unmarried girls. If you’re looking to get hitched fast, there are some very simple steps to follow.

Please don’t argue with a man. He’ll think you’re too smart, informed, or that you’re looking to emasculate him. It’s a no-no.

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Highflyers ease women’s way into the City

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

There are not enough women working in business — and “certainly not enough Jewish women”.

So says Amy Woolf, a senior human resources officer for KPMG, the City financial services giant.

According to Ms Woolf, recruiting women to high-powered positions is “a big issue that we have to tackle”, and the task is “even harder within the parameters of the Jewish religion”.

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Israel extends free abortions to thousands more women

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2014

Israeli women aged between 20 and 33 will now be entitled to free abortions regardless of circumstances after the Israel cabinet passed the new regulations on Sunday.

Around £2.5 million, allocated by the Health Ministry, will go some way towards covering abortions for over 6,000 women who cannot afford the procedure.

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Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.

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British Orthodox women join US feminists in fight for rights

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Orthodox women have made progress in gaining a greater role in Jewish religious life, but more still needs to be done, says a leading campaigner.

Dinah Brawer, UK "ambassador" to the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), said that in Britain, steps towards equality were permitted rather than actively encouraged.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis deals blow to women over partnership services

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services - where women can lead prayers - should not be permitted in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins on Wednesday evening, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were "not something that can take place within our synagogues".

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Knickers are downloaded as couple produce underwear on 3D printer

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Mornings when you cannot find a pair of clean pants could be a thing of the past thanks to an Israeli couple whose revolutionary technology makes it possible to download a pair of new knickers through 3D printing.

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Women 'could head US in 10 years'

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

The United Synagogue could be led by a woman within a decade, its president Stephen Pack has forecast.

He said that, while the presidency would remain in male hands, “that doesn’t mean to say it will never change”.

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United Synagogue let women in as minority

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

The London Beth Din has reassured rabbis that the majority of United Synagogue trustees must be men, following last week’s announcement that women would be allowed to stand for office next year.

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