“19th century”

Orthodox Jewish schools under fire for erasing women from books

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys praying. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

In London, inspectors are criticizing two Orthodox Jewish schools for providing reading books in which “images of females had either been erased or radically changed” and for presenting “very narrow views about the role of women in society,” according to The Guardian. Leaders at Stamford Hill’s Yetev Lev “refused to allow pupils to talk to the female inspectors on a formal basis” and made clear to Ofsted, the group responsible for the research, that they had “no intention of providing pupils with experiences to enable them to acquire an appreciation of and respect for differences between people, based on culture, religion, sex and sexual orientation.” At least 794 students attend that particular school.

At Beis Aharon, attended by 374 students, the “majority of pupils still express views about the roles of women and men that indicate that the school does not prepare them for the reality of life in modern British society. Pupils universally consider that the role of women is to ‘look after children, clean the house and cook’, while men go to work,” the Ofsted report said. Images of women in short-sleeved shirts and children swimming were manipulated in books at this academy as well.

The Guardian quoted Rabbi Charley Baginsky of Liberal Judaism as saying, “This is not about Judaism, this is about being stuck in the 19th century.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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