Charedi Judaism

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


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.