Women

Mother’s tears after court win in Moscow

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

A mother has won a landmark victory in a legal battle to bring her sons back from Russia after they were taken by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt said she was “full of tears of relief” after Moscow City Court ruled that the two boys should be reunited with her.

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Leaders back campaign to end all-male panels

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2013

Senior figures are backing a move to put an end to communal discussion panels that feature only male speakers.

More than 50 decision-makers, from synagogues, charities and political lobby groups, have signed up to a campaign being run by Women in Jewish Leadership (WJL).

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Guardian corrects FGM claim

By Anna Sheinman, September 13, 2013

The Guardian newspaper has corrected an article that said female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised in the Jewish community.

In a piece published last weekend called “Female genital mutilation: Mothers need to say no’’, Guardian staff feature writer Homa Khaleeli wrote: “Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities carry out FGM.”

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Lord Saatchi defends brother Charles over Nigella divorce

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

Lord Saatchi has defended his brother Charles over his high-profile divorce from TV chef Nigella Lawson.

Tory peer Maurice Saatchi, 67, said his elder brother was a victim of “persecution mania”.

Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson, respectively 70 and 53, divorced after the advertising mogul appeared to be grabbing his wife’s throat outside a Mayfair restaurant in June.

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What Rabbi Mirvis should do for women

By Alexis Brassey, September 1, 2013

As we enter the reign of a new Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis has declared that his mission is to develop each synagogue into an all-embracing community centre, evolving from a centre simply of prayer and learning.

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Rabbi Mirvis: 'I will work with non-Orthodox'

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

The incoming Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said today he was “totally committed” to working with non-Orthodox colleagues but declined to say whether he would visit non-Orthodox synagogues.

In a short BBC radio interview, he also sidestepped a question on whether he would enable women to enjoy a fuller role within synagogue life.

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Women of the Wall reject new Kotel prayer platform

By JC Reporter, August 29, 2013

The Israeli government has constructed a large section for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall.

It has built a 5,000 sq ft platform that will be open to Reform and Conservative Jews, and others wishing to hold mixed-gender services.

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Menstruation video is internet hit

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

An American entrepreneur’s video for her new menstruation-kit delivery company has gone viral.

Na’ama Bloom, a 40-year-old from Brooklyn, produced ‘The Camp Gyno’ to promote her company Hello Flo, which sends out personalised packs “at the right time” that it boasts can “handle everything but the cramps.”

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Board bid to get women talking at communal events

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

Jewish leaders have backed an attempt to reduce the number of male-only panels of speakers at communal events.

The issue was brought to light by Women in Jewish Leadership — a campaign group backed by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.

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Women of the Wall blocked from holy site by chanting protesters

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

The Women of the Wall conducted a Rosh Chodesh service at the back of the Western Wall plaza on Wednesday morning, despite the presence of protesters and a police barricade.

The 300 women were not able to pray directly in front of the wall due to a large crowd of strictly Orthodox protesters who were screaming and chanting while standing between the feminist group and the holy site.

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