Women

Laura Marks accused of 'flip-flopping' by rival for Board president Alex Brummer

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2015

Board of Deputies presidential candidate Alex Brummer has dismissed his rival Laura Marks, describing her as “flip-flopping”.

Speaking at a Liberal and Reform Judaism hustings on Wednesday, Mr Brummer said: “Here we have a candidate standing to be president of the Board of Deputies, who moved from a Reform Synagogue to join a United Synagogue one.

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They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.

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John Galliano to star at London Jewish event

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano is to speak at the launch of a West End of London Jewish learning programme sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.

His appearance will mark a further step in his rehabilitation within the Jewish community after he was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago for an antisemitic rant.

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Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.

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Ros Altmann to be minister for consumer rights if Tories win election

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Ros Altmann will be a Tory peer if the Conservatives are elected to government.

The Prime Minister said she would sit “at the heart of government” as the minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education.

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Mum’s the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2015

“How can I get my son to eat more fruit?” “Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?” “Which Jewish schools are you applying for?” “Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?” “Which Jewish camps are the best?” “How much should I pay my cleaner?” “How much should I pay my nanny?”

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Essex girl set for the Universe

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Former King Solomon High School student Jessica Simmons has made the British final of this year's Miss Universe competition.

Miss Simmons, 24, beat hundreds of contestants to secure the spot in June's three-day final, which will see her compete against 39 other women for the crown.

The dance teacher, who attends New Gants Hill Menorah Synagogue in Essex, said dancing and modelling had helped

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The perfect agony aunt? She makes chicken soup

By Hilary Freeman, March 12, 2015

You don't have to be Jewish to be an agony aunt, but it certainly helps. Look back over the media from the last century or so and you'll see that wherever there are people with personal problems asking for advice, there are Jewish women ready to dispense it.

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I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

"We're a

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