Education Secretary launches inquiry over Chasidic ban on women drivers

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has condemned a Chasidic sect's ban on women driving as "completely unacceptable".

In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis, based in Stamford Hill, said that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

They also said that children would be barred from Belz schools if they were dropped off by their mothers in cars.


Why aren't women viewed as 'proper' rabbis?

By Sylvia Rothschild, May 28, 2015

In the Bible, the number 40 is code for "a very long time". Years marked in tranches of 40 are also times of trial or probation. Forty years ago Jackie Tabick was ordained as the first woman rabbi in the UK. Forty years before that, in 1935, Regina Jonas was ordained privately in Germany.


Stamford Hill sect bans women drivers

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

The British leaders of a major Chasidic sect have declared that women should not be allowed to drive.
In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis said that having female drivers goes against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and against the norms of Chasidic institutions.


Lawrence backs JWA’s help for the ‘voiceless’

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2015

Justice campaigner Baroness Lawrence urged more than 300 guests at a Jewish Women's Aid lunch to support the "voiceless within our community".

Baroness Lawrence - who campaigned for police reforms following the murder of her son, Stephen, in 1993 - was the guest speaker at the central London event, which raised more than £150,000 for the domestic violence charity.


Model Chai clients show fashionable appreciation

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2015

Two women who have fought cancer strutted their stuff on the catwalk as a thank you to the charity which supported them.

Tanya Rosenthal and Joyce Misrahi were among the models at a fashion show at Finchley Synagogue which raised £85,000 for Chai Cancer Care.

Mrs Rosenthal said it was a chance to give back to Chai, which had helped her through breast cancer 14 months ago.


Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.


Election 2015: Ros Altmann set to take key job in new government

By Sandy Rashty, May 8, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a key position at the centre of government after the Conservatives' election win was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Ms Altmann will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education. Her appointment, announced during the campaign, was dependent on the Conservatives forming the next government.


Review: European Muslim Antisemitism

By Keith Kahn-Harris, May 8, 2015

As Günther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a "research gap" on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue.


Wizo opens doors

May 7, 2015

More than 1,000 volunteer collectors are knocking on doors for Wizo UK's annual Jewish Women's Week campaign. The charity hopes to exceed last year's £250,000 raised in support of the vulnerable teens at Wizo schools, youth villages and vocational training schemes in Israel.


Laura Marks accused of 'flip-flopping' by rival for Board president Alex Brummer

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2015

Board of Deputies presidential candidate Alex Brummer has dismissed his rival Laura Marks, describing her as “flip-flopping”.

Speaking at a Liberal and Reform Judaism hustings on Wednesday, Mr Brummer said: “Here we have a candidate standing to be president of the Board of Deputies, who moved from a Reform Synagogue to join a United Synagogue one.