Charedi Judaism

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


Chasidic school loses appeal against ban on new pupils

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2016

A Chasidic boys’ school in north London which has covered up images of women in short sleeves and refuses to teach about same-sex relationships has lost an appeal against an order not to admit new pupils until it makes changes.


Jewish leaders welcome support from Labour over child benefit concerns

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2016

Board of Deputies and Charedi leaders have met Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Owen Smith to discuss the “serious challenges” larger families can expect to face under the new Welfare Act.

Child benefit will now be limited to two children, and there is a concern that large families, particularly in the Charedi community, will lose out.


Education watchdog criticises Orthodox school over 'very limited' teaching

By Simon Rocker, April 19, 2016

A Charedi boys' school has been criticised by government inspectors for refusing to teach about evolution or sex and relationships.

Ofsted said Getters Talmud Torah in Stamford Hill, north London, which has 241 pupils aged from three to 13, limited the teaching of secular subjects to between 45 minutes and an hour a day with “no provision for younger years”.


Child sex probe 'should include strictly Orthodox'

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

A leading campaigner has called for a major inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales to investigate strictly Orthodox community institutions.

Australian Manny Waks, who was abused at a yeshivah in Melbourne, said the independent Goddard Inquiry should "seriously consider" looking at Charedi schools.


Chasidic school takes on government

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

A Chasidic independent school has mounted a legal challenge against an order from the Department for Education restricting it from taking new pupils until standards improve.

Beis Aharon Trust, which runs a school for 347 boys aged from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, north London, is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal.


Charedim seek to reverse ruling on conversion courts

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

The strictly-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism are trying to pass legislation that will ensure conversions are only carried out by the state's rabbinical courts.

This follows a ruling by the High Court last Thursday ordering the government to recognise conversions to Judaism carried out by privately-run Charedi batei din.


Board warning over peer’s Bill to control religious courts

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2016

The House of Lords has given further support to a private members bill to regulate religious tribunals which the Board of Deputies warns could hit Batei Din.

Cross-bencher Baroness Cox wants to force religious courts which arbitrate disputes to comply with equality law.


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.