Charedi Judaism

Ofsted critical of Charedi teachers’ secular lessons

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2008

More than a third of the strictly Orthodox independent schools which have been inspected this year have been criticised for the quality of their secular education.

In five out of 14 independent Charedi schools so far examined in 2008, Ofsted inspectors have said the secular curriculum lacks breadth or is inadequate.

Although independent schools - unlike state schools - do not have to teach the national curriculum, a change in the law five years ago has brought them under closer government scrutiny.

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Orthodox cemetery bans Reform rabbis

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2008

Glasgow's Orthodox-run burial society has ended a long-standing arrangement which permitted local Reform rabbis to conduct funerals at its cemetery for members of their synagogue.

Barry Cooper, chair of the Hebrew Burial Society, remained tight-lipped over the reason for the change of
policy.

He would say only: "We are an Orthodox burial society which is bound by the halachic regulations as relating to all aspects of Jewish burial and Jewish services.

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Orthodox community steps up its anti-drugs campaign

By Simon Rocker, August 14, 2008

A strictly Orthodox charity is planning to step up its campaign over the next few weeks to educate its constituency about the risk of drugs.

Talking Matters, a Stamford Hill-based welfare agency specialising in mental-health issues, last autumn published a ground-breaking 128-page guide in Yiddish, Hebrew and English on understanding addictions, ranging from gambling, sugar and "shopaholism" to alcohol and drugs.

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School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 7, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 7, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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Anti-abuse rabbi run out of town

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2008

A rabbi who uncovers child abuse in strictly Orthodox communities says he feared for his life as he was chased by a group of 200 Charedi men in North London.

Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg, 58, was forced to flee from a Stamford Hill synagogue where he had been listening to a lecture last Thursday.

He ran into Manor Road, in the heart of the community, and was taken to safety after stopping a passing police car.

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Charedi web centre goes online

By Craig Silver, July 31, 2008

A new strictly Orthodox internet business centre has been opened in Stamford Hill, thought to be the first of its kind.

The new establishment, the Heimishe Business Centre is located on the Triangle Estate, Stamford Hill, and only allows people who are married to attend. It houses nine computers in separate sections for men and women, and costs £1.20 an hour.

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Demolition reprieve for Satmar shul

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2008

A strictly Orthodox synagogue has won a temporary reprieve from having part of its complex demolished.

The Satmar Synagogue in Craven Walk, Stamford Hill, North London, won an appeal on a technicality against an enforcement notice issued by Hackney Council.

The council issued the notice last September in an attempt to reverse the construction of two extensions and installation of three air-conditioning units at the building, which had been started before planning permission was granted.

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BA worker gets ‘final warning’ over taking Shabbat as day off

By Leon Symons, July 31, 2008

An Orthodox Jewish employee of British Airways has been given a final warning about his conduct because he failed to turn up for work on a Saturday - more than 18 months ago.

An internal disciplinary hearing also found an allegation of neglect of duty proven against 47-year-old Daniel Rosenthal, who is Shabbat-observant, for the same reason. According to a letter he received seen by the JC, "if there is a repeat of such behaviour or any further unacceptable conduct", he could be fired.

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Visa law ‘will hit charedim’

By Leon Symons, July 24, 2008

A proposed visa law could place obstacles in the way of arranged marriages in the strictly Orthodox community.

MPs will vote on whether or not to raise the age for visas sought by people abroad wanting to marry here who are aged 18 to 21. The proposal is one of five put forward by the Home Office in an effort to halt forced marriages prevalent in other communities.

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