Women

The perfect agony aunt? She makes chicken soup

By Hilary Freeman, March 12, 2015

You don't have to be Jewish to be an agony aunt, but it certainly helps. Look back over the media from the last century or so and you'll see that wherever there are people with personal problems asking for advice, there are Jewish women ready to dispense it.

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I'm bringing Orthodox feminism to college

By Rebecca Filer, March 12, 2015

My batmitzvah was unconventional. Instead of just reading a dvar torah in shul, or having a big party, I leyned in a women's teffilah service on Rosh Chodesh Kislev. From a chumash.

I was extremely lucky to have been able to do so in my own community, making me, apparently, the first girl to leyn in a United Synagogue building.

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

"We're a

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Interview: Jill Shaw Ruddock

By Grant Feller, March 5, 2015

If the unstoppable human whirlwind that is Jill Shaw Ruddock gets her way – and one suspects that this is not an altogether rare occurrence – Britain's rabbis had better watch out. ''There are disused parts of synagogues, as well as churches, town halls, you name it, all over the country that need a purpose.

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So why are we such crashingly bad drivers?

By Angela Epstein, March 5, 2015

It was, by any standards, a spectacular manoeuvre. Despite the fact that the road was choked by double parking and school-run traffic, the female driver of an ageing Previa seemed unconcerned about the obstacles around her gatepost.

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Highlighting inequality

March 5, 2015

Social policy expert Baroness Ruth Lister has told a Board of Deputies forum that women remain at greater risk of economic hardship.

The baroness - professor of social policy at Loughborough University - was addressing a poverty and diversity discussion at the House of Commons, convened by the Board's women's and social action groups.

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How Israel's finest are inspiring our girls to be the scientific geniuses of the future

By Natalie Lancer, February 26, 2015

For the past five years, I have been providing university advice to students and their parents as they navigate their way to and through university, having been head of science at a secondary school.

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Dr Nissim Levy used to search for E.T - then his career took off

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Dr Nissim Levy once had a promising career in science.

A chemistry specialist, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion graduate worked as a senior researcher for NASA.

There, he worked in the department for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, where he became an expert on "life in the universe and life here".

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Orthodox rabbis ponder key issues

January 12, 2015

The role of Jewish Women in the 21st century, dealing with bereavement and promoting a positive Jewish phil-osophy were among issues discussed by more than 200 Orthodox rabbis and rebbetzins at this week’s Aleinu conference in Hertfordshire.

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Women don't need partnership minyans

By Ilana Freedman, January 8, 2015

Over the past year we have heard a good deal about partnership minyanim - religious services where women take on more active roles such as leading some prayers, leyning from the Torah and receiving aliyot. Their proponents have trumpeted them as pivotal in determining the future direction of Orthodoxy in what is said to be "a male-dominated" environment.

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