Charedi Judaism

Charedi mother formally charged in Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2009

The mother accused of starving her three-year-old son in the row which sparked the Jerusalem Charedi riots has been formally charged with abuse in the Jerusalem District Court.

Several counts have been filed with the Jerusalem District Court after a psychiatric evaluation found that she was fit to stand trial.

Jerusalem State Prosecutor Moshe Lador is said to have been briefed on the case at the weekend.

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Two-thirds of Israelis want Temple rebuilt

By Jessica Elgot, July 30, 2009

Two thirds of Israelis have indicated they would like the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt, including Israelis who describe themselves as secular.

The survey, conducted for Ynet and the Gesher organization, asked 516 Israelis if they knew the meaning of Tish B’Av and if they would like to see the Temple restored.

Ninety-seven percent knew the meaning of the fast of Tisha B’Av, that it was the destruction of the Temple, while only 2% said they did not know.

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TV-ban school challenged by local council

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2009

Bury Council has challenged the admissions policy of a state-aided strictly Orthodox primary school which stipulates that parents should not have TV sets at home.

The council declined to go into details about its objection to the entry criteria of Yesoiday Hatorah (formerly Prestwich Jewish Day School).

But a spokesman for the Lancashire authority said: “During the consultation on admission arrangements for 2010, we highlighted our objections regarding the draft policies of Yesoiday Hatorah Primary School. However, the determined policies were not altered.

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Orthodox tenants housing let down

By James Martin, July 16, 2009

An affordable housing scheme for Orthodox families in Stamford Hill is struggling to fill all its units because Hackney Council has failed to find “suitable” families as tenants.

Jewish housing association the Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS) purchased 20 units from Taylor Wimpey at Latham’s Yard in Upper Clapton in 2002, with the support of a £3 million Housing Corporation grant. The first 15 were occupied at the start of June.

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Women hit out at shul inequality

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2009

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Jewish women in Britain are frustrated at being denied equality in running Orthodox synagogues and concerned that community institutions are failing to keep pace with changes in family make-up, according to a new report.

It highlights a “reality gap” between Jewish leaders’ assumptions and modern Jewish living as well as “inconsistent and anachronistic” attitudes over women’s participation in synagogues.

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Bus stop dismays Charedim

By James Martin, June 4, 2009

A move to establish a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill has stalled on cost grounds, to the disappointment of the Charedi community.

Response to a four-month study conducted by Transport for London watchdog London TravelWatch demonstrated “a very clear requirement for a bus service between the two places”.

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Security force launches patrols of Charedi areas

By Leon Symons, June 4, 2009

A controversial American-style security organisation has begun regular patrols in London’s biggest strictly Orthodox communities.

Based on the Shomrim (guards) of New York, the privately funded service covers the Hendon/Golders Green and Stamford Hill areas through two independent arms — North-West London Community Patrol and Stamford Hill Safety Rescue and Patrol. Shomrim claims it has been set up “because the community feels unsafe due to a spike in street attacks and robberies over the last couple of years”.

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Lofty ambition to clarify extension rules

By James Martin, Haringey, May 28, 2009

Haringey’s strictly Orthodox community is being consulted over new guidelines clarifying the council’s position on loft extensions.

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Religious war waged in the suburbs

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2009

Israel’s Charedi and secular communities are squaring up once again — this time in the central neighbourhoods of the country’s two largest cities.

Kiryat Yovel, the largest remaining secular area in Jerusalem, is facing an influx of dozens of Charedi families who failed to find flats in nearby religious Bayit Vegan. Secular residents have tried to convince neighbours not to rent or sell flats to Charedi families.

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BBC's World's Strictest Parents 'do Shabbat & keep kosher'

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

They look the most unlikely of families: the modestly-dressed Zionist parents and the surly teenagers, complete with piercings and heavy make-up.

But the two youngsters from Hampshire now have a new understanding of all aspects of Jewish life after spending a week living with this Orthodox family in Israel.

Gemma Lyons, 16, and 17-year-old Jack Travers filmed an episode of the BBC reality show World’s Strictest Parents with the Sha-ked family, in the gated, religious community of Nof Ayalon, near Modi’in, last week.

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