Charedi Judaism

Anger as defence chief postpones Charedi draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

The implementation of Israel's national service law, which was created to regulate the enlistment of Charedi men into the IDF, is to be pushed back.

The move reflects the terms of the coalition deal that was signed earlier this year by the strictly Orthodox parties and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who agreed to soften the law in order to secure Charedi support in government.


Charedim urge David Cameron to do more for refugees

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Leaders of Britain's Charedi community have urged David Cameron to do more to help Syrian refugees.

Orthodox social action charities Interlink and Agudas Yisroel, alongside rabbis from the North London Muslim Jewish forum, welcomed the prime minister’s commitment for the UK to take in 20,000 refugees from camps over the next five years.


Orthodox special constable wins prestigious police award

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

Charedi officer Moshe Rothstein has won a UK government award that recognises outstanding special constables and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Mr Rothstein, the only religious Jew serving in the Greater Manchester Police division, said he was “overwhelmed” on receipt of the Lord Ferrers Award at the House of Commons this afternoon.


‘Four injured’ in kosher hotel bridge collapse

By Simon Rocker, August 5, 2015

A number of guests at a kosher hotel in Switzerland are said to have been treated for injuries after a wooden bridge collapsed.

According to unconfirmed reports, four people received treatment on the scene after the accident at Levin’s Hotel Metropol in Arosa on Tuesday night. Two people remained in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.


The Charedim have found their voice - and it's a young one

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Stamford Hill is bustling with Shabbat preparations. Levi Shapiro is talking into his mobile phone and pacing across his driveway.

In hushed tones he is talking to the assistant chief constable of Canterbury police. Thousands of Charedi families are preparing to descend on the Kent city for their summer holidays.


Stamford Hill rabbis back fund-raiser for ‘child abuse’ group

By Josh Jackman, July 14, 2015

Leading Charedi rabbis have supported a fundraising event for Shlomo Helbrans, whose strictly Orthodox group has previously been investigated for child abuse.


Todros Grynhaus jailed for sexual assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher turned businessman has been jailed following his conviction for a series of sexual assaults on teenage girls.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was sentenced to 13 years and two months in jail at court in Manchester on Friday.

He was also handed an extended four year licence.


Who is now an Orthodox Jew?

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 9, 2015

"Who is a Jew?" is a fundamental question for us. Is it merely a matter of personal choice? Do you have to be practising? Or does it depend on whether you have a Jewish ancestor?


Charedim plan exodus from London shtetl

By Simon Rocker, July 9, 2015

Charedi activists are exploring the possibility of setting up a new community outside London because of the shortage of housing among a rapidly expanding population.

Rabbi Asher Gratt, who lives in Stamford Hill, north London, said that "many families in our community are struggling very hard to find suitable living space".


Charedi film to get private screening to women-only audience

By JC Reporter, June 16, 2015

A film made by a female Charedi director who insisted it be shown only to women will be seen in London after two planned screenings were scrapped over legal concerns.

The Gift of Fire was due to be shown as part of the Israeli Film and Televsion Festival, Seret 2015 this week.

Director Rechy Elias demanded that, for religious reasons, men should be barred from seeing it.