Judaism 101 from the Haifa Police Chief
‘Women are forbidden from entering the synagogue when there are men present,’ he said. ‘These are the religious rules.’
These are the words of Haifa police chief Dudu Ben Attia who has taken it upon himself to become a posek. See this article for apparently another example of some Jews who can’t seem to help acting in a manner that pushes people further and further from Torah. See this site for a description of events, including the incident with the police, from those who are fighting to preserve what they see as their secular neighborhood which was always welcoming to religious residents, from being taken over by ultra-orthodox. It doesn’t look like a pretty scene.