Warning over religious coercion in IDF sparks anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

A petition signed by 19 former generals cautioning against religious coercion in the IDF is causing uproar in the army.

The petition follows series of flashpoints involving religious soldiers.


Women to interview Chief Rabbi hopefuls

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The United Synagogue has ruled out holding an election for the next Chief Rabbi, arguing that it is not the way to get the best candidate for what it says is the world's top rabbinic job.

Stephen Pack, president of the US and chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, announced this week that the choice of successor to Lord Sacks would largely rest with an inner circle of eight people.


Israeli orchestra cuts women from concert line-up

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

A concert featuring three Israeli performers has been removed from an Ashdod orchestra's schedule after religious audience members objected to its inclusion.

The Israel Prize-winning Andalusian Orchestra, which specialises in Sephardic music, originally planned to feature the three women in one concert of its January series.


Women educators spread the word

September 22, 2011

Two hundred people attended a community learning day held in north London by the London School of Jewish Studies, marking a decade of the Susi Bradfield women educators programme.

Bradfield graduates presented 15 sessions on topics ranging from the music of the High Holy-Days to the role of the rebbetzin.

Speakers included the Chief Rabbi, who said the programme had "brought women's voices i


Leading questions facing movement heads

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Many youth movements will be showing more of their feminine side this year.

Habonim Dror, Noam Masorti Youth and BBYO are being led by women, while two other movements have scrapped the single director system in favour of leadership teams.

The new directors include two philosophy graduates, two former Cambridge students and an ex-university level netball player.


Stanmore women meet in shul at last

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

An Orthodox women's prayer group will congregate for the first time on synagogue premises this Saturday after having to meet elsewhere for 18 years.

The Stanmore Women's Tefilah Group - now known as Women's Learning Experience - was banned from holding women-only Shabbat services in the synagogue by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Stanmore Synagogue vice-chair Jackie Rudolph said they could now meet


Interview: Lynne Franks

By Simon Round, September 15, 2011

Lynne Franks is wearing a badge which proclaims her to be an "outrageous older woman". She is chatting to me, while simultaneously briefing her PA and making herbal tea (she is currently detoxing from caffeine). She exudes energy and enthusiasm, and at 63 is bubbling with ideas.


Cash fears of Women's Aid

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 8, 2011

A charity dedicated to helping Jewish women who have been victims of domestic violence is fearing a significant loss of income through local authority cuts.

Jewish Women's Aid - which runs the only Jewish women's refuge in Europe - says £180,000 of its £700,000 annual budget is at risk.


Long past the time for women on board

By Jonathan Morris, September 8, 2011

In February, Lord Davies of Abersoch, the former Trade Minister, published his report Women on Boards. In it, he gave the chairmen of FTSE 350 companies until this month to set out the percentage of women they aim to have on their boards by 2013 and then 2015.

Lord Davies was responding to an invitation from the government to promote gender equality on the boards of listed companies.


IDF criticised for moving female soldiers for religious recruits

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The Israeli army is facing criticism after it transferred four female soldiers from a unit because a group of Orthodox male soldiers were set to join.

The women were part of an Artillery Corps battalion and had all recently agreed to complete another year of service.