Charedi Judaism

‘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.


Equalities complaint forces JW3 to scrap women-only Charedi film screening

By JC Reporter, June 15, 2015

The Jewish community centre JW3 has cancelled its screening of a film by a Charedi film-maker over her insistence that it be shown to a women-only audience.

JW3 said it had made the "regrettable" decision on legal advice after a complaint had been received by the Equalities Commission.


Film festival pulls screening after Odeon says no to a women-only audience

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2015

The organisers of a festival of Israeli movies has pulled the screening of a film by a Charedi director after the Odeon cinema group said it would not bar men from the audience

Gift of Fire was due to be show at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage as part of Seret 2015 festival.

Director Rechy Elias had demanded that it be shown only to women for religious reasons.


Stamford Hill sect bans women drivers

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

The British leaders of a major Chasidic sect have declared that women should not be allowed to drive.
In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis said that having female drivers goes against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and against the norms of Chasidic institutions.