Charedi Judaism

Courts decide cases on the facts

By Lianne Kolirin, August 18, 2016

Eleanor Platt QC is a former vice president of the Board of Deputies and currently chairs its family law group.

Four years ago she represented a Charedi father who unsuccessfully appealed against a court judgement which allowed his ex-wife to send their children to a less religious school.

Both parents came from families who had been Charedi for generations.


Charedim raise £1m for child custody war chest

By Daniel Sugarman, August 18, 2016

Stamford Hill Charedim have raised £1 million to fight legal cases where they think children are at risk of being removed from the community by one of their parents.


At last - Ofsted praise for a Charedi school

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A girls' primary school run by one of the most conservative Chasidic groups has been praised by inspectors for teaching about tolerance and respect for others.

Beis Ruchel in Manchester, an independent school for 264 girls aged from three to 11 who are mostly from the Satmar community, has been ranked as good by Ofsted.


Stamford Hill group plans new Charedi community in Harlow

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

A group of activists from Stamford Hill is planning to start a new Charedi community in the Essex town of Harlow.

The expanding Charedi population in Hackney and the high cost of housing in inner London have prompted the search for new locations.


Charedi warning over safety after boys' rescue

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

The head of London's Strictly Orthodox rabbinate has warned schools and community groups to take proper precautions for educational trips following the rescue of a group of Charedi youth on the Kent coast last month.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa wrote to say that health and safety rules must "always be adhered to" and appropriate preparations made for outings.

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Canvey MP welcomes Charedi arrivals

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Plans to set up a Charedi community on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary have been welcomed by the local MP.

After a recent meeting with representatives from the strictly Orthodox community, Rebecca Harris, the MP for Castle Point, said that it was "encouraging to hear how enthusiastic they are about playing a part and contributing to the local community".

She added that it was "nice to he


Charedi youth pray for right to Torah teaching

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Thousands of Charedi youth across Britain took part in special prayer meetings on Monday in the wake of increasing pressure on Orthodox schools from the government's inspection service.

Answering the call of the rabbinate, educational institutions brought pupils to gatherings in north London, Manchester and Gateshead.


Families raise £5,000 for lifeboat charity after rescue of Charedi boys trapped by tide

By Lianne Kolirin, June 8, 2016

Relatives of the 34 strictly Orthodox boys who were trapped by rising coastal tides in Kent on Monday night have donated £5,000 to the charity which rescued them.

The 13 and 14-year-olds, accompanied by two adults, had to be saved when they got into difficulties near St Margaret’s Bay and Dover Harbour – an area prone to rock fall.


Charedi fury over education ruling

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

Britain's Charedi schools are on a collision course with education authorities over a requirement to teach about same-sex relationships and other faiths.

At a special meeting at the end of last week, the rabbinical leadership of the London-based Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations made clear that no compromise was possible on religious principle.


Charedim find site for their Canvey heim

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

Contracts are understood to have been exchanged for a building intended to serve as the hub of a planned new Charedi community in Canvey Island in Essex.

Several families from Stamford Hill in north London are thought to have bought houses in the town on the Thames Estuary although none have yet moved in.

The site of the former Castle View School which has been vacant for four years is in th