Charedi Judaism

Bus fuss evokes US civil-rights protest

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Never, since the days of Rosa Parks, half-a-century ago, has a single bus-ride turned a citizen in to the heroine of thousands. A fortnight ago, Tania Rosenblit refused to sit in the back half of a bus where passengers normally segregate according to gender.

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Netanyahu: Don't generalise about Charedim

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has urged citizens not to demonise Charedim in the light of incidents of extremist violence and discrimination.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a Cabinet meeting following large-scale protests in Beit Shemesh about strictly Orthodox segregation of women, said that although harassment would not be tolerated, Israelis should not generalise.

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Protest in Bet Shemesh over Orthodox exclusion of women

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2011

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city of Bet Shemesh on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

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Lawyer: Accused Leiby killer mentally deficient due to 'inbreeding'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

The lawyer for the man charged with the brutal murder of a Chasidic child in August has suggested that his client’s mental state was due to "inbreeding" in the strictly Orthodox community.

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School plans lessen Lubavitch debts

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

The Lubavitch movement is set to turn a corner in its battle against debt with plans for two more of its schools to become state-aided.

Its senior girls' and boys' primary schools hope to have aided status approved by Hackney Learning Trust early next year, joining the girls' primary, which became voluntary-aided in 2004.

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Brooklyn women fight to join Orthodox ambulance service

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

A group of Orthodox women in the Borough Park area of New York have sparked a debate in the community after they asked to be allowed to join a men-only Jewish volunteer ambulance service.

The women said they wanted to be involved in Hatzalah's operations, in order to help women going into labour or facing other emergencies.

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The Charedi custom of excise

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 23, 2011

On November 3, the Jewish Tribune could hardly contain itself. It reported that "A new Oxford English dictionary tailor-made for use in Charedi schools" had been launched through an initiative of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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Battle in Jerusalem to keep poster women visible

By Netta Geist, November 17, 2011

Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, ordered the Jerusalem District police commissioner last week to crack down on a growing phenomenon: the vandalism of posters depicting women.

Billboards and adverts featuring women have become a rare sight in Israel's capital because they are habitually defaced and torn down within hours by strictly-Orthodox activists.

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Charedim battle over girls' school

By Ruth Eglash, September 22, 2011

Tensions between the strictly-Orthodox and religious-Zionist communities in Beit Shemesh, just outside Jerusalem, heated up this week as an ongoing dispute over the location of a non-Charedi girls' school brought both sides out onto the streets.

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Shtreimel thief wrong-footed by name label

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

A thief who walked off with a religious Jew's fur hat was caught - because the owner's name was written on the inside.

Shtreimels – large fur hats lined with velvet – have been worn by married Charedi men for centuries and can be worth up to £4,000.

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