Grapevine: A multifaceted lady

Lady J, a natural-born social worker, helped countless people with their problems.

January 14, 2016 14:00
4 minute read.
Ruth Gruber

Ruth Gruber. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

THERE HAVE been many great and courageous women in the history of the Jewish people, but few of them came to public attention prior to the 20th century – when a relatively large number of Jewish women embedded their own individual cracks in the glass ceiling in far-flung fields.

And there is one woman who didn’t really specialize in anything but excelled in many areas and was a source of inspiration to everyone who met her. Fondly referred to as Lady J, she was Amelie Jakobovits, the wife of Lord Immanuel Jakobovits, chief rabbi of the UK from 1967 to 1991 and the first rabbi to sit in the House of Lords.


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