Frum fitness US taken to tribunal
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.