Charedi Judaism

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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Plan to curb Charedi unemployment

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2013

A British charity is to launch an appeal for scholarships to give Charedi students in Israel better access to education and employment.

The UK branch of the Jerusalem Foundation is hoping to sponsor places at the Haredi College in Jerusalem.

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Strictly Orthodox boys ‘missing’ from school

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2013

The Department for Education is continuing to investigate whether strictly Orthodox boys in the UK are being educated in officially recognised institutions.

Up to 1,000 boys aged from 13 to 16 were estimated to be “missing” from the school system and instead being taught in yeshivot, according to documents which emerged from the department last year.

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Chabad arrests over abuse case

By Shirli Sitbon, September 3, 2013

It emerged last week that two senior members of France’s Lubavitch community were arrested on July 31 over a paedophilia scandal at a Chabad boys’ school in Paris.

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Orthodox outrage over New Jersey law banning gay conversion

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

A Charedi organisation has condemned a new state law in America banning gay conversion therapy for children.

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