Charedi Judaism

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.


Boy’s body recovered from Hampstead Heath pond

By Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

The body of a strictly Orthodox boy who drowned while swimming in a pond on Wednesday has been recovered by police.

He has not yet been named.

His body was recovered at around 11pm.


Charedi boy feared drowned in Hampstead Heath pond

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

A strictly Orthodox boy was believed to have drowned while swimming in a pond on Wednesday.

Thought to be in his mid-to-late teens, the Charedi boy had been swimming at Hampstead Heath in north London during the spell of hot weather.


Man trampled at rabbi’s vast funeral

By Nathan Jeffay, April 8, 2015

Israel's strictly-Orthodox community is mourning the death of one of its most revered rabbis, Shmuel Halevi Wosner.

Tens of thousands of people attended his funeral on Sunday, and one man was trampled to death in the crowd.

Rabbi Wosner was a strong voice on many of the community's key fights.


Not on our pavements - Charedi group opposes bike plan

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A group which tries to protect the morals of strictly Orthodox Jews has identified a new spiritual threat - bicycle lanes.

The Va'ad Lema'an Toihar Hamachaneh - "committee for the purity of the camp" - has not spelt out why a cycle route running through Hackney, the north London borough with the capital's largest Charedi population, would be "a danger to the spirituality and character of our ne


Is it the end of Golders Green Charedi giants?

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

The death last week of the nonagenarian president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, not only deprived Golders Green of one of its most influential post-war Jewish figures, it marked the passing of the area's Charedi old guard.


Top rabbi drowns iPhone

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

A senior Israeli rabbi revealed that he destroyed a student’s iPhone because of the device’s supposed spiritual dangers, according to an audio recording that has just surfaced.

Charedi media claimed to have found the recording of a sermon by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef in which he argued that smartphone usage was enough to invalidate a marriage.