Baroness Warsi claims she has been ostracised by Jews

By Sandy Rashty, December 29, 2014

Baroness Warsi has claimed that she was ostracised by the Jewish community after she resigned from her government post over the UK’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

She said Jews who were once friends no longer spoke to her.

But Laura Marks, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies, who was pictured embracing Baroness Warsi at interfaith events, denied the claim.


March of the mumpreneurs

By Natalie Lancer, December 18, 2014

Last month saw the first proclaimed Women's Entrepreneurship Day, so it seems apt to reflect on the Mumpreneurs - the unsung heroines of the 21st century.


Rabbi blocks women from Kotel lighting

By Nathan Jeffay, December 18, 2014

chanucah-lighting at the Western Wall will remain a men's-only affair after the Kotel rabbi this week refused a request for a communal chanuciah to be set up in the women's section.

The women's group that lodged the request - via the Prime Minister's Office - is claiming that the decision is motivated by sexism, not by religious objections.


Scene and heard quite Enough

December 11, 2014

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked in Leeds with a film showing by Jewish Women's Aid.

The film, Enough, screened at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, tells the story of the wife of a controlling and abusive man who decides to fight back.

Event organiser Beryl Glass said: "This film has given people a lot to think about.


Rabbi criticises Beth Din over women's Torah ban

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has criticised its rabbinic authorities for stopping women from reading from the Torah.

As reported in last week’s JC, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and the London Beth Din refused permission for a group of women at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue to leyn on Simchat Torah.


Feminist group founder is training to be a 'rabbi'

December 5, 2014

The founder of the UK branch of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Dina Brawer, has enrolled at the first yeshivah to ordain women as spiritual leaders for modern Orthodox communities.

Graduates of the four-year programme at New York's Yeshivat Maharat are called "maharat", considered by many as rabbis in all but name.


Mirvis bans women from reading Torah

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has ruled out women reading from the Sefer Torah as part of Orthodox services.

He made his view clear this week as it emerged that he had blocked women from one of his communities who wanted a women-only Torah reading on Simchat Torah.

Rabbi Mirvis said: "Our mesorah (tradition) sets out halachic lines and it is not my halachic view that women may read from a Sefer


Joan Collins: I was drugged and raped

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2014

Joan Collins has revealed that she suffered a horrific sexual assault when she was 17.

The 81-year-old actress made the revelations in ‘Brave Miss World’, a documentary made by Israeli Miss World Winner and rape victim Linor Abargil.

Ms Collins explained in the film how she was drugged and raped by the man whom she later married, Maxwell Reed.


Wall women grateful for mini-Torah from the UK

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A tiny Sefer Torah loaned from Britain is playing its part in a campaign by women to hold prayer services at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall group are officially prohibited from using a Sefer Torah by the site's rabbinical authorities.

But last month they smuggled in the Sefer for a batmitzvah - and they plan to use it again for another on Sunday, which coincides with Rosh Chodesh, t


Some Friday night feminism

By Sally Berkovic, November 6, 2014

The Great Challah Make was a wonderful gathering and sheitels off to the organisers for the entire Shabbat UK event.