Women

Women's day review

March 10, 2011

Marking the International Women's Day centenary, the League of Jewish Women hosted a diverse panel at its Bloomsbury offices.

Discussing "Opportunity knocks, but does it for women everywhere?" former BBC correspondent Rachel Ellison spoke about a radio project she had established for women from Afghanistan.

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'Bang, my mum would cop it'

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One reader contacted the JC after enduring a lifetime of abuse from his father. After confronting his mother two weeks ago and having his concerns rejected, the 31-year-old from Essex wrote a 10,000-word account of his abusive childhood.

Although we know his identity, we have kept it hidden to protect his mother, who still lives with his father.

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One in four Jewish women suffer abuse in the home

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One in four Jewish women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the largest survey of its kind.

The Jewish Women's Aid study, You know a Jewish woman suffering from domestic abuse: Domestic abuse and the British Jewish community, found that 26 per cent of the 842 people surveyed had personally experienced domestic abuse.

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Survey on violence against women

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Experiences and perceptions of domestic abuse will be sought in the first survey into violence against women in the Jewish community.

Jewish Women's Aid will survey both service users and other Jewish women about domestic violence and the way it is perceived.

It will be conducted by Dr Sarah Abramson, senior policy researcher at the Board of Deputies, who said: "Whatever we might think, no research has ever found that domestic violence is more prevalent in any race, ethnic group or religion. It will affect one-in-four Jewish women.

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Redbridge women's aid

October 28, 2010

Jewish Women's Aid is setting up a new support service in Redbridge for victims of domestic violence.

The service, based at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, will be available from November 1.

JWA executive director Emma Bell said: "We are keen to make vital services as accessible as possible to women who are living with the trauma of domestic abuse."

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Jewish women top Forbes power list

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

A Jewish businesswoman has been named as the second most powerful woman in the world.

Irene Rosenfeld appears just behind the First Lady Michelle Obama on Forbes 2010 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Ms Rosenfeld, the chief executive of Kraft Food, is a controversial figure in the UK following her company’s audacious £10.2bn bid for confectionary giant Cadbury Cadbury.

The 57-year-old, who is married with two children, isa psychology graduate of Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration and holds a PhD in marketing and statistics.

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Ordain women, rabbi urges the Archbishop

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2010

One of the UK's leading Progressive rabbis has intervened in the Church of England's debate over women bishops, urging the Archbishop of Canterbury: "For goodness sake, ordain them".

Rabbi Alexandra Wright, senior rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS), St John's Wood, for the past six years, made her appeal in an open letter to Dr Rowan Williams.

The Church of England Synod - its governing lay council - reaffirmed its support this week for ordaining women bishops, although without a timetable. Traditionalists have threatened to leave the Church if the plan goes ahead.

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Anne Frank 'most inspiring woman'

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2010

Anne Frank has been voted “Most Inspiring Woman” in a survey to mark International Women’s Day.

Despite dying, aged just 15, at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, Anne’s diary inspired Daily Mirror readers to place her at the top of the poll, beating Princess Diana, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and Marie Curie.

Anne garnered 12 per cent of the vote.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which she wrote in hiding in Amsterdam, has been translated into more than 70 languages.

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Crackdown on 'Orthodox' women who shirk IDF

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 3, 2009

A law enabling the IDF to crack down on women who defer army service fraudulently “for religious reasons” has become a political hot potato and may cause a coalition crisis.

Coalition partners Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) have said they will be voting against a government-approved law that will enable the IDF to send investigators to check whether young women who do not join the army claiming they were religious are indeed leading a religious life.

If they are not, the IDF will be able to draft them immediately.

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Meet the world’s first female Orthodox rav

By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2009

L’Chaim!” Reb Mimi Feigelson raises her glass of water for the umpteenth time and takes a sip. Fighting off a cold, she has sustained her voice for well over an hour, leading a late-night session on Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, the Chasidic master, at the Limmud conference.

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