Beth Din

Beth Din names lawyer

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2014

An arbitration lawyer with a leading City of London firm has been appointed to a new position at the London Beth Din to help manage divorce cases.

Joanne Greenaway will take up the role of case worker at the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis's rabbinic court, which deals with 110 to 120 divorce cases annually.


Rabbi's fury as Beth Din overruled in brit case

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2014

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a Beth Din - a rabbinical court - cannot order a mother to have her son circumcised as part of a divorce case.

Last Sunday, a specially expanded forum of seven judges examined the case of a divorcing Netanya couple locked in dispute over the late circumcision of their son.


Kosher mozzarella! Blessed are these cheesemakers

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 3, 2014

The world's first Italian-made kosher mozzarella is on sale in Britain thanks to an Italian family who opened their doors to the Manchester Beth Din.

Traditional mozzarella is made with buffalo milk from non-kosher dairies and soaked in heated brine baths, making it impossible to remove non-kosher ingredients.


US rabbis ‘infantilised’ by Charedi Beth Din rulings

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has attacked the London Beth Din over the scrapping of a newly introduced practice to give women a greater role within Orthodox services.

Rabbi Michael Harris, of Hampstead Synagogue, who has been the most prominent champion of modern Orthodoxy within the US, called the incident “disturbing”.


Rabbis to investigate Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 9, 2014

A special Beth Din set up to examine complaints against Golders Green rabbi Chaim Halpern is expected to resume its inquiries shortly.


The JC Profile: Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu

October 17, 2013

Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, one of the UK’s most eminent rabbis, is not a man to remain silent. Despite stepping down as head of the London Beth Din in 2006, he continues to make waves, this week by renewing his opposition to Orthodox Jews attending Limmud, in response to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s intention to attend.


Beth Din trying Rabbi Chaim Halpern is ‘planning a whitewash’

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

After weeks of silence, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has announced that it will convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against one of its rabbis of inappropriate behaviour with women.


Thousands back tug of love custody mother

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

More than 6,000 people in a Facebook group have called for a resolution to a divorce dispute in which a British mother has lost custody of her twin sons to her Austrian ex-husband.

Manchester-born Beth Alexander lost a bitter battle over custody of her three-year-old sons, after her marriage to Viennese doctor Michael Schlesinger broke down.


Chief hope visiting UK

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A leading American rabbi who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is due to visit two London communities this weekend.

Rabbi Dr Michael Broyde will be scholar-in-residence at Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation and will also speak at the Alei Tzion community in Hendon on Sunday.

The rabbi is a professor of law at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and a dayan o


We're still looking for love - and we are always optimistic

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

After the confetti settles, the ink on the ketubah has dried and the 19-piece klezmer band has packed up its fiddles, pressures of modern life are driving even the happiest Jewish couples apart, rabbis and lawyers have warned.