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.


Why can't my girl be called to the Torah?

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

The father of a forthcoming batmitzvah girl has challenged the United Synagogue to encourage greater religious participation of women by allowing them to be called up to the reading of the Torah.


Fast women of the Middle East feel the burn

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

In the male-dominated world of streetcar racing, three Palestinian women racers have begun their quest for international glory - starting in the UK.

The Middle East's first all-girl streetcar racing team, "Speed Sisters", were in London this week and training at Silverstone race track. They are three female drivers from Ramallah and Bethlehem, sponsored by the British consulate in Jerusalem.


Anti-segregation victory as women allowed to eulogise

By Nathan Jeffay, January 12, 2012

Women will be allowed to eulogise at all Jewish funerals in Israel, the country's Religious Services Ministry has announced.

Burial in Israel is paid for by the state but provided by religious burial societies, many of which operate according to very strict Orthodox standards.


Women still absent from Jewish leadership

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Fewer than a quarter of the trustees of leading Jewish organisations in the UK are women, according to a report from a commission into women and leadership in British Jewry.

Only 21 per cent of trustees of organisations affiliated to the Jewish Leadership Council were women; only a quarter of those had female chief executives; and only a quarter of the members of the Board of Deputies were wome


Hillary Clinton enters Israel gender dispute

By Jennifer Lipman, December 8, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar have joined the war of words over women's rights and gender segregation in public areas in Israel.

In recent months there have been reports of Orthodox passengers enforcing a de facto segregation system on buses in Jerusalem and other areas, with woman being told to sit at the back.


Battle in Jerusalem to keep poster women visible

By Netta Geist, November 17, 2011

Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, ordered the Jerusalem District police commissioner last week to crack down on a growing phenomenon: the vandalism of posters depicting women.

Billboards and adverts featuring women have become a rare sight in Israel's capital because they are habitually defaced and torn down within hours by strictly-Orthodox activists.


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.