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Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.

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British Orthodox women join US feminists in fight for rights

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Orthodox women have made progress in gaining a greater role in Jewish religious life, but more still needs to be done, says a leading campaigner.

Dinah Brawer, UK "ambassador" to the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), said that in Britain, steps towards equality were permitted rather than actively encouraged.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis deals blow to women over partnership services

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services - where women can lead prayers - should not be permitted in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins on Wednesday evening, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were "not something that can take place within our synagogues".

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Knickers are downloaded as couple produce underwear on 3D printer

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Mornings when you cannot find a pair of clean pants could be a thing of the past thanks to an Israeli couple whose revolutionary technology makes it possible to download a pair of new knickers through 3D printing.

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Women 'could head US in 10 years'

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

The United Synagogue could be led by a woman within a decade, its president Stephen Pack has forecast.

He said that, while the presidency would remain in male hands, “that doesn’t mean to say it will never change”.

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United Synagogue let women in as minority

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

The London Beth Din has reassured rabbis that the majority of United Synagogue trustees must be men, following last week’s announcement that women would be allowed to stand for office next year.

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Parliament hosts Chanucah celebration for gay group

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Parliament has hosted its first Chanucah reception for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.

Keshet UK, which promotes the inclusion of LGBT Jews in all aspects of communal life, welcomed around 100 people to the Commons’ Jubilee Room on Monday evening.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's reforming zeal

November 29, 2013

So much for the Chief Rabbi as merely a figurehead! He has not even been in office for three months but already Rabbi Mirvis has made his mark with reforming zeal.

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Rabbis condemn Golders Green Synagogue after women hold Torah scroll

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

A United Synagogue congregation which allows women to hold a Sefer Torah has defended itself following an attack from the Orthodox right.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, had condemned the practice as “Reform-influenced”.

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Chief Mirvis backs top United Synagogue role for women

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

Women could become trustees of the United Synagogue for the first time after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis approved the idea of female members standing for election as trustees of Britain’s main central Orthodox body.

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