Charedi Judaism

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.


Board warning over peer’s Bill to control religious courts

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2016

The House of Lords has given further support to a private members bill to regulate religious tribunals which the Board of Deputies warns could hit Batei Din.

Cross-bencher Baroness Cox wants to force religious courts which arbitrate disputes to comply with equality law.


Anger as defence chief postpones Charedi draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2015

The implementation of Israel's national service law, which was created to regulate the enlistment of Charedi men into the IDF, is to be pushed back.

The move reflects the terms of the coalition deal that was signed earlier this year by the strictly Orthodox parties and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who agreed to soften the law in order to secure Charedi support in government.


Charedim urge David Cameron to do more for refugees

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Leaders of Britain's Charedi community have urged David Cameron to do more to help Syrian refugees.

Orthodox social action charities Interlink and Agudas Yisroel, alongside rabbis from the North London Muslim Jewish forum, welcomed the prime minister’s commitment for the UK to take in 20,000 refugees from camps over the next five years.


Orthodox special constable wins prestigious police award

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

Charedi officer Moshe Rothstein has won a UK government award that recognises outstanding special constables and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Mr Rothstein, the only religious Jew serving in the Greater Manchester Police division, said he was “overwhelmed” on receipt of the Lord Ferrers Award at the House of Commons this afternoon.


‘Four injured’ in kosher hotel bridge collapse

By Simon Rocker, August 5, 2015

A number of guests at a kosher hotel in Switzerland are said to have been treated for injuries after a wooden bridge collapsed.

According to unconfirmed reports, four people received treatment on the scene after the accident at Levin’s Hotel Metropol in Arosa on Tuesday night. Two people remained in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.


The Charedim have found their voice - and it's a young one

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Stamford Hill is bustling with Shabbat preparations. Levi Shapiro is talking into his mobile phone and pacing across his driveway.

In hushed tones he is talking to the assistant chief constable of Canterbury police. Thousands of Charedi families are preparing to descend on the Kent city for their summer holidays.


Stamford Hill rabbis back fund-raiser for ‘child abuse’ group

By Josh Jackman, July 14, 2015

Leading Charedi rabbis have supported a fundraising event for Shlomo Helbrans, whose strictly Orthodox group has previously been investigated for child abuse.


Todros Grynhaus jailed for sexual assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher turned businessman has been jailed following his conviction for a series of sexual assaults on teenage girls.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was sentenced to 13 years and two months in jail at court in Manchester on Friday.

He was also handed an extended four year licence.


Who is now an Orthodox Jew?

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 9, 2015

"Who is a Jew?" is a fundamental question for us. Is it merely a matter of personal choice? Do you have to be practising? Or does it depend on whether you have a Jewish ancestor?