Charedi Judaism

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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Rising rolls

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

More than half of Jewish primary age children in London outside the Charedi sector are attending a Jewish primary school, according to a new report.

Enrolment at the capital's Jewish primaries has increased from 50 per cent of (non-Charedi) primary-age children to 60 per cent in just four years.

As previously reported in the JC, 140 additional places became available in primaries serving the

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The Charedi invasion of Temple Mount

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2011

For centuries, religious Jews have taken the view that climbing Temple Mount is prohibited. But this is changing, and fast.

Since it was reopened to non-Muslims just over eight years ago, a massive sea-change has taken place among religious Zionists. Many prominent rabbis has declared that it is permitted to go, and encouraged people to do so.

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Tottenham Jews: life goes on after riots

By Jessica Elgot, August 8, 2011

Tottenham's Chasidic residents turned out to watch the weekend's riots on their way home from synagogue, but retreated after warnings from rabbis.

A warning was sent out to the Stamford Hill community via strictly Orthodox security service Shomrim, from Rabbi Efraim Padwa.

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In Israel, state is fighting Charedim for control of the next generation

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is the kind of fighting talk that you usually hear when there is a move to permit the public sale of bread on Passover or to open a new shopping centre or parking lot on Shabbat. But there is no religious transgression at stake in the latest battle that Charedi leaders are fighting.

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'Jewish Elvis' plans tribute to murdered Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A Chasidic singer described as the Jewish world's answer to Elvis Presley is working on a tribute to the eight-year-old boy murdered in Brooklyn last week.

The family of Leiby Kletzky are currently sitting shiva for the boy, whose dismembered body was found after 2,000 people joined a search for him. A man called Levi Aron was arrested in connection with Leiby's death.

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