Why are we still in denial about domestic violence in the Jewish community?

By Naomi Dickson, November 19, 2015

"Convince me" she says.

"Sorry, convince you of what," I reply. It's been a long day. And now, I'm speaking to a group of about 20 men and women about domestic violence in the Jewish community.


Women's learning is a vital link in the chain of tradition

By Rabbi Dr Adam Mintz, November 12, 2015

I walk into a shiur, and the 12 students open their Gemara Gittin. An internet connection allows us to include two more students, a Londoner and a Bostonian, in the learning experience. Asked to read, one student begins with the Gemara and continues with a flawless reading and explanation of Rashi.


America's Orthodox authority bans female rabbis - and that's official

By Simon Rocker, November 5, 2015

The battle over Orthodox women rabbis has intensified in the United States over the past week after the traditionalist rabbinate stepped up its opposition.


Being a Jew in the jungle? I loved it (and lost weight)

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

A London-born woman is set to appear on an Israeli reality television series that airs this weekend.

Lisa Shurkin, 36, who made aliyah in 2005, will be seen taking part in the Israeli version of Survivor, which is based on the American game show.


Terminally ill Jewish woman ends life at Dignitas

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A Jewish mother from Manchester ended her life at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after battling a debilitating illness for almost 20 years.

Rachelle Linz, 50, took a fatal dose of drugs at the assisted suicide clinic in Zurich after saying that the neurological condition had “destroyed everything I loved so much about my life”.


Baroness Williams stresses importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Baroness Williams stressed the importance of Jewish-Muslim interfaith initiatives in Britain in the wake of the increasing violence in Israel.


Women take 'big step' with Torah dance

By Sandy Rashty, October 8, 2015

Women carried Sifrei Torah at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue on Simchat Torah in what is described as "a big step" forward.

On Monday, the shul's kiddush hall was equally divided by a mechitzah, with around 200 men on one side and 100 women on the other.


Breast cancer sufferers to make catwalk debut

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

Three Jewish women have been chosen to model clothes by top designers at a fashion show to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Amanda Turofsky, Katie Worth and Jodi Wilson, all three sufferers of the disease, will be appearing on the catwalk at the celebrity-studded event.

Ms Turofsky, 54, from Elstree, said: "I am looking forward to being made to feel glamorous for the night."


Therapy? It's all in the design for UK architect behind women's centre

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

The women and children in the picture above may look as if they're imprisoned behind high walls in their secluded Tel Aviv garden.

But the walls are there to keep unwelcome intruders out - and to give the women the confidence they need to live beyond them again.


Government minister Baroness Williams to attend launch of Jewish-Muslim women’s group

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2015

Communities Minister Baroness Williams will speak at the formal launch of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group next month.

The Tory peer is set to welcome the launch of government-backed initiative Nisa-Nashim, an interfaith body aiming to strengthen relations between the two communities.