Frum fit­ness US taken to tri­bunal

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JAMES MARTIN HEN­DON BY LEON SY­MONS

A “FRUM GYM” opened this week in Hen­don to cater for the Or­tho­dox women’s mar­ket.

Bournemouth-born Ami Win­bourne so­licited the opin­ions of 100 lo­cal Or­tho­dox women be­fore launch­ing Con­tours Ex­press. “The con­cept of women-only gyms has worked well with re­li­gious women from all faiths, who are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned about mod­esty. There will be no men on site.” The con­cept is sup­ported by Ita Sy­mons, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Agu­das Is­rael Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, who said it was dif­fi­cult for Or­tho­dox women to find a suit­able ex­cer­cise venue.

“In Stam­ford Hill there are Or­tho­dox gyms which have sep­a­rate times for men and women. But to have some­where which is women-only is ob­vi­ously more con­ve­nient.”

THE FOR­MER di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for the United Syn­a­gogue’s Agency for Jewish Ed­u­ca­tion is tak­ing the US to an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal.

Jef­frey Leader was one of a num­ber of peo­ple made re­dun­dant at the beginning of the year in what the US dubbed a “re­or­gan­i­sa­tion” of what had been re­garded as its flag­ship ed­u­ca­tion body.

The AJE had won plau­dits from the high­est ech­e­lons of gov­ern­ment for its teacher-train­ing pro­grammes.

Mr Leader said: “I can con­firm that I am tak­ing the United Syn­a­gogue to a tri­bunal but I can­not make any other com­ment.” The tri­bunal will be in Wat­ford in De­cem­ber.

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