Union heeding wake-up call

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 18, 2013

On the assumption that most of you are not devotees of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, or in full paid-up membership of one of its numerous conventicles, I need to bring you up to speed on developments within the Union and its affiliates that are without precedent.


Israeli horror as sex abuser adopts girl, 4

By Shira Rubin, June 6, 2013

Israeli authorities are at a legal standstill over the adoption of a four-year-old Indian-born girl by a man convicted of sex offences against young children.

The man, who is Israeli, legally gained custody of the child through an agreement with a surrogate mother in India and, under current legislation, the authorities do not have the power to remove the girl from him.


Alleged sex abuser denied in rare Law of Return ruling

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

A suspected British paedophile has become one of only a tiny number of people in Israel’s history not to be granted citizenship under the Law of Return.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, fled to Israel on a false passport shortly after pleading not guilty in court to seven counts of sexual assault on three children.


Girl ‘so naive she didn’t know she was raped’

By Anna Sheinman, May 30, 2013

A naive young girl who did not know what the word “rape” meant because of her sheltered religious upbringing was sexually abused by the “monster of her living nightmare”, a court heard this week.


Children damaged by image

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 28, 2013

There are certain news moments that never leave you. They get under the skin and worm right through to the core. I don't think many of us have ever come back from seeing those images of the plane going into the second tower and the ensuing horror of 9/11.


Minister to rule on alleged sex offender Grynhaus’s deportation

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2013

A British man is waiting for Israel’s interior minister to decide whether he will be deported to face trial for sex offences in the UK.

Todros Grynhaus, 48, from Salford, fled to Israel on a false passport shortly after he pleaded not guilty to seven counts of the historic sexual or indecent assault of three children.


Rabbi Chaim Halpern conducting a wedding a ‘serious error’, says United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2013

The United Synagogue has strongly criticised the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations for allowing Rabbi Chaim Halpern, who is under police investigation over alleged sexual abuse of women, to officiate at a wedding.


Abuse charity rings changes in appeal method

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

The charity helping women and children in the community affected by domestic violence used a novel and poignant method of appealing to supporters at its annual fundraising lunch, held at Lord’s in St John’s Wood.


Orthodox Jewish man guilty of sex abuse

By Anna Sheinman, April 26, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his step-daughters, aged nine and 12-years-old.

A court heard how the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, would crawl into the girls’ beds on Shabbat and touch them inappropriately. He also assaulted them while they were sitting on his lap, sometimes while their mother was in a nearby room.


Salford sex suspect who fled bail arrested in Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2013

Police have confirmed that Todros Grynhaus, a suspected sex offender from Salford, has been arrested by Israeli police after fleeing the UK.

Greater Manchester Police, who had been seeking the 48-year-old in the UK and abroad since he went missing two weeks ago, confirmed that the man they believe to be Mr Grynhaus had been arrested in Jerusalem, where he was living under a false identity.