Charedi Judaism

Are British Jews living in new ghettos?

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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British Jews are moving to ghetto-style communities and becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream society, new research has claimed.

A report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research says the community is “heading in the direction of insularity”, which is jeopardising integration.

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Rabbi ‘raped boys inside synagogue’

By Dan Goldberg, December 12, 2013

Australian police have questioned the former principal of a fervently Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne over allegations of decades-old child sex abuse.

Rabbi Avrohom Glick, 67, a senior official inside the Chabad-Lubavitch community, made a voluntary statement to police and was released, his lawyer said on Monday.

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Rabbis condemn Golders Green Synagogue after women hold Torah scroll

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

A United Synagogue congregation which allows women to hold a Sefer Torah has defended itself following an attack from the Orthodox right.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, had condemned the practice as “Reform-influenced”.

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Charedi ‘Taliban’ flee for Iran — but wash up in motel

By David Lazarus, November 28, 2013

Forty families from ultra-Orthodox cult Lev Tahor last week relocated from Quebec province to adjacent Ontario amid reports that some of its members were due to appear in court over alleged child abuse and refusal to obey Quebec’s education guidelines.

The group, led by rabidly anti-Zionist leader Shlomo Helbrans, numbered about 200 and included more than 100 children.

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Employment Minster acts to end benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2013

Employment minister Esther McVey is backing new regulations to stop discrimination against unemployed Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat.

Ms McVey and Jobcentre national director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers allowance (JSA) to observant Jews.

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Mother of six fails in challenge to benefit cap

By Simon Rocker, November 7, 2013

An Orthodox single mother of six children lost a legal challenge this week against the government’s clampdown on welfare benefits.

The High Court rejected a claim that the £26,000 a year maximum placed on benefit payments introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith this year was unduly unfair.

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New Haringey planning rules welcomed by strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2013

New planning guidelines introduced by a north London borough to help large families have been welcomed by its growing strictly Orthodox population.

Haringey Council said that the measures would give families greater freedom to create additional space while protecting the privacy of neighbours.

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Desmond takes healthy interest in funding

By Rosa Doherty, October 21, 2013

Media mogul Richard Desmond visited an arts and educational centre in Tottenham on Tuesday to see how £19,000 in funding from Mr Desmond’s Health Lottery was helping to support young strictly Orthodox men with learning difficulties.

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Confront the Charedi Taliban

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 25, 2013

I'm not in the least surprised that the Department for Education is carrying out an investigation into the education of Orthodox Jewish boys in institutions not officially registered for this purpose. On the contrary, I’m surprised that it has taken the government so long to convince itself — or to be convinced — that this is a scandal demanding investigation.

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Unity is Chief Rabbi Mirvis's toughest challenge

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 13, 2013

I believe that the unity of the Jewish people is fundamental to our survival. I believe that many, if not all, of the disasters that have overtaken us throughout history have been due, in part at least, to our disunity. I believe that Jewish self-hatred is wicked and that it is contrary to the Divine Will. These beliefs go to the core of my existence.

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