Why stopping girls singing in shul could be breaking the law

By Dr Alexis Brassey, January 14, 2016

Many traditional societies still maintain a separation of male and female roles, but to our eyes, these separations which are often governed by religious prohibitions, appear backward. When we, in the West, look at the prevention of women in Saudi Arabia from driving a car or entering a cemetery, we view these sorts of restrictions as discriminatory and retrograde.


Campaigners ‘very disappointed’ over lack of women in JLC Downing Street delegation

By Rosa Doherty, January 14, 2016

Members of a campaign promoting gender equality in Jewish leadership have said they are “very disappointed” that only one woman was included in the Jewish Leadership Council’s delegation to Downing Street this week.

Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady was part of an otherwise all-male team of 12 leaders who held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.


Only one woman at Jewish Leadership Council's Downing Street meeting - and they don't even know who she is

By JC Reporter, January 13, 2016

Concerns over the paucity of women in communal leadership roles were inadvertently raised during the Jewish Leadership Council’s visit to Downing Street this week.

The organisation took a delegation of 12 people to meet Prime Minister David Cameron, with only one woman in the group — Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady.


League of Jewish Women launches campaign to feed the homeless

By Naomi Firsht, December 31, 2015

The League of Jewish Women has launched a New Year campaign to provide two extra meals a week for the homeless in 2016.

The League is aiming to provide 200 cans of soup, 100 cans of baked beans and 60 new pairs of socks every month to the Camden Spectrum Centre in north London which provides services to the homeless.


Survey reveals Jewish women's attitudes to covering their hair

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2015

Women across the religious spectrum are now more likely to question their decision to cover their hair, according to an expert.

Cambridge-born researcher Tikva Blaukopf said that women had never really asked themselves before why such an act was necessary.

Ms Blaukopf, who now lives in Jerusalem, asked 200 Jewish women from the Reform to Charedi movements, aged 19-65, about the issue.


Girls' school puts brake on student drivers

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2015

A strictly Orthodox girls' school in Hendon has told pupils that they should not drive in.

The independent Beth Jacob Grammar has issued a reminder of an existing rule, which applies only to "a few girls" as the school has only one sixth-form year.

A number of reasons, including safety, were behind the policy, a spokesperson explained.


Let's cool down the overheated debate over Orthodox women

By Rebbetzin Lauren Levin, November 26, 2015

As we approach Chanucah, I always reflect on how different some of our Jewish practices might have looked if it had not been for the sage Hillel, who instituted and fought for the way in which we kindle our Chanucah lights. Not only Chanucah, but some of our most basic rituals and moral beliefs: divorce, telling white lies and accessing Jewish learning.


Chief Rabbi helps raise awareness of domestic abuse on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis echoed a global call to fight domestic violence today.

As patron of the Jewish Women's Aid charity, he attended a stall in the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north-west London to increase aware of domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Why are we still in denial about domestic violence in the Jewish community?

By Naomi Dickson, November 19, 2015

"Convince me" she says.

"Sorry, convince you of what," I reply. It's been a long day. And now, I'm speaking to a group of about 20 men and women about domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Women's learning is a vital link in the chain of tradition

By Rabbi Dr Adam Mintz, November 12, 2015

I walk into a shiur, and the 12 students open their Gemara Gittin. An internet connection allows us to include two more students, a Londoner and a Bostonian, in the learning experience. Asked to read, one student begins with the Gemara and continues with a flawless reading and explanation of Rashi.