Working hard for a real share of power

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014


FOUNDERS: Established by Dina Brawer — Jofa’s UK ambassador — in June 2013 and formally launched with its first UK conference attended by over 200 women and men. The group is inspired by two Orthodox feminist organisations — Kolech in Israel and Jofa in the USA.


Women’s equality? We’re already there

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

A JC survey of new Jewish women’s groups has thrown into sharp relief the divide between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox movements in tackling gender inequality.

Over the past year, Orthodox women’s organisations have secured access to lay leadership roles — including chair and trustee positions in the United Synagogue — and lobbied against all-male panels at communal events.


Jewish women listed in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence might have topped FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll this year, but British and American Jewish women followed soon after.

An incredible ten per cent of the list was Jewish.



US rabbis ‘infantilised’ by Charedi Beth Din rulings

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has attacked the London Beth Din over the scrapping of a newly introduced practice to give women a greater role within Orthodox services.

Rabbi Michael Harris, of Hampstead Synagogue, who has been the most prominent champion of modern Orthodoxy within the US, called the incident “disturbing”.


What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"


Stockholm Jewish community given cash boost for equality

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 28, 2014

The Stockholm Jewish community has been given half a million krona — around £52,000 — by the Swedish government to promote sexual equality.

The National Board for Youth Affairs, awarded the money to fund a project encouraging Orthodox women to be more involved in religious life.


Sitting on your bum makes it bigger says science

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

It’s official: sitting on your tuchus all day will make you fat. How do we know? A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University say so.

Their findings may not exactly come as a surprise but they have spent the past two years making sure as part of a four-year study into obesity.

It’s all to do with the way prolonged periods of sitting still allows a build-up of fats in our rear ends.


United Synagogue Women role models joined by Chief Rabbi Mirvis

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was one of only two men in the room at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College on Sunday as United Synagogue Women held their annual conference. The only other male among the 100 women was the chief’s security guard.


Jewish and Muslim women finding common ground

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Addressing 130 Jewish and Muslim women at the Foreign Office, Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi said the religions had more in common than circumcision, ritual slaughter and good food.


How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.