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Jewish and Muslim women finding common ground

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Addressing 130 Jewish and Muslim women at the Foreign Office, Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi said the religions had more in common than circumcision, ritual slaughter and good food.

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How a Tesco check-out girl rose to become PA of the Year

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Everyone knows that real influence and power in the office rests with the personal assistants that keep their boss’s running.

Employees often turn to the aide to suss-out the boss’s mood, company heads rely on them for office gossip; but more importantly, PAs are trusted with the most confidential corporate and personal information only privy to the company’s inner-circle.

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Girls, beware of cruel Jewish mumzillas

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

The sight of my mother striding into our kitchen with bags of shopping is not unusual.

At this point, my dad, sister and I must stop what we’re doing. She has trawled the shops and shlepped back stuff that she wants to show, unwrap and mull over.

Keen to keep her daughters pretty, she’s brought back goods that will ensure we’re presentable when we next go out to work or play.

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Sneers from rabbis won't stop women

By Miriam Shaviv, March 6, 2014

In an Anglo-Jewish community known for its internal rifts and often harsh rhetoric, the discussion surrounding Partnership Minyanim – Orthodox prayer groups at which women lead some parts of the service — has been a breath of fresh air. Although it is a highly charged subject, commentators on both sides, from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis downwards, have behaved with respect and sensitivity.

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Mira Hamermesh, pioneering film director

By Jeremy Isaacs, February 28, 2014

If I had to name the one element most sadly lacking in television schedules today, I would say at once, “the single documentary”. This is the film that tells you not what, as part of a series, you saw last week, the same subject in the same format, but the very opposite, a “one-off”, unlike anything you ever saw before.

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Partnership minyans are not going away

By Dr Miri Freud-Kandel, February 23, 2014

Over the past few months, the term “partnership minyan” or PM, has increasingly been on people’s lips Though rather clunky, it refers to a relatively new concept on the Orthodox prayer scene in which women play a larger role in tefillah.

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Synagogue offers greater role for women

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2014

A United Synagogue congregation is to introduce changes to allow women a greater role in the synagogue service.

Members of South Hampstead Synagogue in London learned of the innovations at a meeting on Sunday.

A congregant told the JC that the changes would “push the boundaries a bit”.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis backs mother over custody row

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has backed a mother’s bid to be reunited with her missing sons.

In a letter, he said the Rachael Neustadt’s two children were facing a tragic situation.

Three months ago, Ms Neustadt won a landmark court ruling to bring Daniel, seven, and Jonathan, five, back to the UK, after they were taken to Moscow by their father Ilya in 2012.

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Bid to counter domestic violence in Jewish community

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Jewish groups in the UK have backed an international campaign against violence directed at women.

Jewish Women’s Aid, United Synagogue Women and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa) are supporting the One Billion Rising event in London, co-ordinated by Jewish playwright Eve Ensler and businesswoman Lynne Franks.

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Segregating men and women is not sexist? Really, rabbi?

By Lindsay Simmonds, February 1, 2014

Rabbi Daniel Levy’s anachronistic article in the JC’s Judaism page earlier this month is peppered with flawed reasoning. He suggests that “segregating men and women is not sexist”. But sexism is defined by the differentiation between sexes because of their sex alone — based on no other personal characteristic — and this is indeed the case with the mechitza.

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