Israel bans too-slim models

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

Until now, Israel's best-known contribution to the catwalk has been supermodel Bar Refaeli, but that may be about to change.

The Knesset passed a law this week that will prevent Israeli advertisers from using underweight models, including those who appear underweight, and force publications to acknowledge when photographs are airbrushed to make models appear slimmer.

Models working in Israel


UN picks on Israel over women's rights

By Robin Shepherd, March 15, 2012

Unless there are last-minute changes to the draft proposal, by the time most readers get to this article, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will have passed a resolution stating that the Israeli "occupation" in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the main barrier to the advancement of women's rights in Palestinian society.

As things stand, there is no mention of neighb


Our nights out with the girls...

By Cari Rosen, March 9, 2012

The other week Victoria Beckham tweeted a photo with the caption "night out with the girlies".

As I, too, had just had an exceedingly jolly night out with the girlies (if women all the wrong side of 40 can be called 'girlies') I had a little look to see how our evenings might compare.

Her girlies turned out to include Eva Longoria and the Williams sisters. Mine… did not.


Minyanim are a staple of future Southgate plans

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Leaders of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue are consulting members over a redevelopment plan for one of the United Synagogue's most geographically spread-out areas.

A strategic report calls for a "completely new premises model" for the future with a community centre and a network of local minyanim which could also accommodate members of Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue.

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No credit for Trinny & Su ad

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

British fashionistas Trinny and Susannah, now household names in Israel, recently appeared in an advert for a local credit-card company, in which they advised - in Hebrew - a young woman to tell her boyfriend of her love of shopping.

But it didn't play well with Wizo, who shortlisted it for the country's most sexist ad of the year award.


Wanted: more strong women

By Lynne Featherstone, March 5, 2012

If you're reading this in a café, take a quick look around. If you're at home near a busy street, glance out the window. Chances are you'll see a fairly even mix of men and women - but, once you get to the boardroom or walk the corridors of power, all that changes.


Is there a glass ceiling for women in British Jewish life?

By Emma Stone, March 1, 2012

While working in the Jewish community is incredibly rewarding, it strikes me more and more, however, that when it comes to the top-tables in communal organisations women are almost invisible from view.


Tabick achieves another first at Reform Beit Din

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Once Britain's first woman rabbi, Jackie Tabick is now the first female convenor of the Reform movement's Beit Din, following the retirement of Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

She will take up the part-time post in April, while continuing her congregational role as rabbi of North-West Surrey Reform Synagogue.

Rabbi Tabick will oversee the authority at a time of increased applications for conversion.


Women try leading questions

February 16, 2012

The role of women in the United Synagogue and the wider Jewish community was discussed at the US's first women's conference, held on Sunday in central London.

More than 50 women participated in a programme geared towards improving leadership skills and knowledge. Topics included achieving a work-life balance, making one's voice heard and changing the face of education for women.


Why the JC is well-balanced

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Guardian writer Kira Cochrane recently complained of male bias in the press, with almost 80 per cent of articles written by men.

Allow us to blow our own trumpet. A byline count of recent JCs shows nearly half of our articles were by women.