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.


The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

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In ancient days, the prophetess Huldah was said by one venerable sources to dispense her religious teaching from inside a yeshivah.


Wizo quits West End

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

After half-a-century in central London, Wizo UK will be moving from its Baker Street premises to a more practical location.

The women's charity expects to transfer to north-west London offices by the end of the year.


Wohl £1.2m helps improve the job prospects of indigent Ukrainians

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A £1.2 million grant from the Wohl Foundation is enabling World Jewish Relief to launch a project giving employment skills to poverty stricken Jews in Ukraine.

With the Prince of Wales as patron, the Ukrainian Livelihood Development Programme will run over three years, focusing on training single women and young mothers.


Synagogue wants to keep girls hidden

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

The rabbi of one of London's oldest strictly Orthodox synagogues has been worrying that its women are too visible to men at prayer.

In a letter to the Hendon Adath Yisroel board, Rabbi Pinchas Roberts proprosed replacing its latticework mechitzah (partition) with one-way glass, so that women could have an "unobstructed view" of synagogue proceedings and men focus on prayer "without any distract


Brighton Reform votes for equality

July 28, 2011

Brighton and Hove Reform members have voted narrowly in favour of equal rights for women congregants.

A motion to support the "implementation of egalitarian rights for men and women in respect of religious practice and participation in services" was passed by a 36-28 majority at the synagogue AGM.

In a letter to congregants, warden Tony Rosenfield explained: "We are probably the only Reform


Highgate appoints

July 21, 2011

Scandinavia's first woman rabbi is to lead services for the Liberal Jewish Community in Crouch End.

Rabbi Sandra Kviat, 31, was recently ordained at Leo Baeck and has already been taken on by the Liberal Judaism head office to advise on educational and other issues.

She served the Lincoln and Northwood and Pinner Liberal congregations as a student rabbi and continues to work with the Progres


Religious newspaper bars women from Jerusalem event

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A management conference organised by one of Israel's strictly Orthodox newspapers, Hamodia, was remarkable for one reason – not a single woman was allowed to participate.

According to Israel's Ynet, women of all religious leanings were prevented from attending the annual "Management Forum", at which speakers included the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.