Women

Golders Green service raises the stakes

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

An Orthodox partnership minyan - where women can read from the Torah and lead certain parts of the service - has begun in a third location in London.

Around 100 men, women and children attended the Golders Green partnership minyan, which took place at the Jewish Vegetarian Society last Shabbat morning.

It follows the establishment of similar ventures in Elstree a year ago and in Hampstead.

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Year of enriching egalitarianism

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

It has been a year since Orthodox men and women in London came together for a new, experimental type of service, one in which women leyn and lead certain parts of tefillah while still considering their practices halachically acceptable.

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Despite opposition, this is a trend that's not going away

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

It is less than a year-and-a-half since the UK's first openly advertised a partnership minyan, where Orthodox women could enjoy a public role in the prayer service.

Before then, such gatherings were virtually underground activities, below the rabbinic radar.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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Women wait for cash to save equality bid

By Simon Rocker, August 15, 2014

A campaign to improve equality for women in Jewish organisations is waiting to see if it will get further financial support from the Jewish Leadership Council.

Women in Jewish Leadership had expected a grant of £15,000 from the JLC for a second year, matching a similar pledge from the Board of Deputies.

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The steady head at the helm of the United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, August 8, 2014

No communal leader manages to appear as unruffled as Stephen Pack, the president of the United Synagogue. His calm and affable presence will remain at the helm of British Jewry’s largest religious organisation for a further three years, after his unopposed election for a second term last month.

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Rachael Neustadt: "We are together as a family again. Now we just need time to heal"

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Flanked by a child psychologist and court officials, Rachael Neustadt stood nervously at the doorway of a Moscow apartment, praying that the two sons from whom she had been separated for almost two years would be on the other side.

For much of that time, her only contact had been via Skype when the ex-husband who kidnapped them decreed.

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Rachael Neustadt reunited with kidnapped sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish mother has been reunited with her two sons after they were kidnapped by their father in December 2012.

Rachael Neustadt, a former teacher, said she wanted to thank the UK Jewish community for their “prayers” after she was reunited with Daniel Jacob, aged eight, and Jonathan, six.

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