Charedi Judaism

‘Employer bias against Charedim and Arabs’

By Nathan Jeffay, April 11, 2014

Some 37 per cent of Israeli employers prefer not to hire Charedi men, according to a new survey which points to widespread discriminatory attitudes among bosses.

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The JC Podcast Week 5: Charedi Draft Law and UJIA's Purim Party

March 15, 2014

Marcus Dysch chairs the weekly JC Jabber. Our Reporters Daniel Easterman and Sandy Rashty debate the issues, with a special guest appearance from fellow JC colleague Amy Solomon. Charlotte Oliver is away this week on assignment in Israel.

Produced by Rosa Doherty.

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Political war looms as Charedi draft becomes law

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 13, 2014

Three controversial laws were passed by the Knesset this week in a legislative push that created rare unity among the opposition.

The laws raised Israel’s electoral threshold to 3.25 per cent, established criminal sanctions against Charedi yeshiva students who refuse to enlist in the IDF and that any decision to relinquish Israeli-held territory will have to be authorised by a referendum.

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Knesset passes Charedi draft law

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

A contentious new law that will criminalise strictly Orthodox yeshivah students who evade Israeli army service was passed by Knesset this morning.

The so-called "Draft Law" was approved by 65 to 1, with a Jewish Home MK casting the only "no" vote. Most of those who opposed the law simply boycotted the vote.

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Warning by NGO founder over upcoming civil strife in Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

Israel must do more to build a cohesive society for all its citizens, including minorities, or risk serious the possibility of civil strife.

That was the message from Mike Prashker, founder of the Israeli NGO Merchavim, at a panel discussion on “society-building” at the LJCC in London.

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Women who escaped misery offer help to Charedi misfits

By Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

Three years ago, Judy Kaye bought her first pair of jeans — an act she describes as “overwhelming”.

Aged 30, she had two children and had lived in three different countries, but was still bewildered by everyday experiences taken for granted by most but which seldom touched her life within a strictly observant, Charedi community.

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Orthodox Gateshead is embracing modernity

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 14, 2014

Last week, my wife and I attended a family wedding in Gateshead. The chupah was outdoors. The service could not have taken more than 20 minutes. The bride was led to the chupah by her mother and future mother-in-law, both of whom accompanied her as she circled the bridegroom seven times.

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Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.

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Satmars claim WhatsApp destroys their community

By Daniel Easterman, February 7, 2014

Leaders of New York's Satmar Chasidic sect have expressed alarm over the impact of the social media messaging service WhatsApp on their community.

The strictly Orthodox group banned its members from using Facebook and other social media platforms in 2012.

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Cuts will be catastrophe for young Charedim

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2014

A further cut in housing benefit for people aged under-25 would have a disastrous effect on strictly Orthodox Jews, a senior community figure warned this week.

Chancellor George Osborne, interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme this week, suggested that the measure could be taken as part of further welfare reforms.

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