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 Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university

“Ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis have banned women from going to university, The Independent has learned. The strict Satmar sect issued the decree, seen by The Independent, warning that university education for women is ‘dangerous.’ The decree was issued from the sect’s base in New York and will apply to followers of the faith group around the world. Ultra-Orthodox Jews follow a pre-enlightenment interpretation of traditional Judaism and discourage interaction with the modern or secular world. Men wear 19th century Eastern European dress including long black coats and black hats, while married women must dress modestly and cover their hair. The Board of Deputies of British Jews estimates that there are around 30,000 strictly Orthodox Jews living in the UK, of which Satmar is the largest sect… It was condemned by Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Executive Director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance… ‘There are probably other factors at play, but, ultimately, the results are devastating. Because people from similar communities are not provided with a foundational primary education, they cannot pursue higher education nor careers. When one does not have access to education, career opportunities are out of reach. It forces one to stay within the community as everyone’s personal lives are tied up with their professional lives as well.’” (The Independent, 08/23/16) [IT 8.1]