Banished - the female face

By Miriam Shaviv, May 27, 2011

Contrary to popular mythology, Jewish women in the Middle Ages were not confined to the role of home-maker, powerless in a male-dominated world. According to Avraham Grossman's modern classic, Pious and Rebellious, a survey of Jewish women's lives in Europe between 1000 and 1300, many women worked and their economic power helped improve their position in their families.


When women's work is a job for the lads

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

It may go against the organisational title, but the North West League of Jewish Women's secret weapon is a growing spine of Jewish men.


Why Orthodoxy needs its own Chief Rebbetzin

By Sally Berkovic, May 5, 2011

We need a Chief Rebbetzin. Not the woman who happens to be married to whomever is the next Chief Rabbi; nor a woman who is necessarily married to a rabbi, or indeed married. We need a Chief Rebbetzin with a parallel position to the Chief Rabbi, who will serve the whole community, bringing to her task a perspective on women's lives and their challenges that has been missing to date.


Manchester united on leadership needs

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2011

A shortage of new communal leaders, particularly women, is largely the result of changes in working lifestyles, say two of Manchester's rising stars. But it is a problem they are endeavouring to confront.


Sephardim welcome women

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

Britain's oldest community, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has become the first of the main Orthodox synagogue bodies in the UK to allow women on to its executive.

Members of the 350-year-old institution, which comprises four London synagogues, approved the change as part of a constitutional overhaul.


Leo Baeck picks its first woman head

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2011

The Leo Baeck College in London, the leading European institution for training Progressive rabbis, has appointed the first woman principal in its 55-year history.

Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris, 42, will take over from Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, who retires after five years at the helm in the autumn.


Equal pray for women

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The classical Greek comedy Lysistrata is about women starting a sex strike to stop their husbands going to war. But could the idea be taken up here? A participant at Sunday's Harrow Limmud, who complained of restricted opportunities for women in Orthodox synagogues, put forward the view that if men wanted women to share their beds, they ought to share the pulpit, too.


Marks to ask: where are women in Anglo-Jewry?

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks is to chair a new commission to investigate why there are so few women in leadership roles in Anglo-Jewry.

She will head a panel of nine, to include the only two female members on the 29-strong Jewish Leadership Council: Manchester Jewish Rep Council president Lucille Cohen and Wizo chair Michele Vogel.


British-Israeli modelling herself on Miss World

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A British-Israeli model is hoping to capture the hearts of a nation in the final of the Miss Israel competition.

Channy Maccabee, 23, wants to emulate previous winner Linor Abargil, who went on to become Miss World.

Ms Maccabee will go head-to-head with 19 others in Haifa on Tuesday.


Joining Muslims on Women's Day

March 11, 2011

The International Women's Day centenary was marked in Manchester by a day of art, drama and creative writing by the city's Muslim Jewish Forum at Manchester Town Hall.

Sixty-five women explored the theme of "100 years and 100 voices", creating interactive books based on quotes from inspirational women. Childhood stories were also shared.