Charedi Judaism

Charedi homes project may face injunction

By Dana Gloger, July 17, 2008

A £10 million Charedi housing development and a new site for a Jewish special-needs school could now be under threat due to local residents’ concerns that the buildings would block out their light.

In March, the Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) won planning permission to build on the site of the former Avigdor School in Stamford Hill, North London. The development is planned to consist of 29 flats and Side by Side, a special-needs school for Orthodox Jewish children, currently in temporary accommodation.

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Another Orthodox plan looks safe as houses

By Dana Gloger, July 17, 2008

Manchester's Charedi community could soon be given some relief from its housing crisis.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) has put in a bid to buy 17 luxury houses, all of five, six or seven bedrooms, in the Broughton Green development in Higher Broughton, Salford.

Larger houses are in high demand by the strictly Orthodox community, who usually have large families, sometimes with as many as 15 children. But they are in short supply  in Manchester as well as in London, along with other parts of the UK.

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Oreet Ashery: 'The fishy case of Whitstable’s cross-dressing false messiah'

By Julia Weiner, June 27, 2008

Oreet Ashery’s performance art involves her playing a strictly Orthodox man and a fish-touting charlatan of yore.

For the past two weeks, Oreet Ashery has been living in a derelict fisherman’s hut without running water and electricity. Such is the price of success.The Jerusalem-born performance artist won the Whitstable Biennale 2008 open submission prize, giving her the chance to create a new work for this popular contemporary visual-arts festival in the old Kent harbour town. 

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Charedi youth beaten unconscious by teen gang

By Leon Symons, June 19, 2008

A teenage boy was attacked and beaten unconscious by a gang of up to eight youths while on his way to his home in North London on Sunday afternoon.

The gang, thought to be aged between 10 and 14, then ran off with his kippah and tefillin, leaving the 15-year-old unconscious on the pavement, with bruises around his eye and nose, and bleeding from a cut lip.

The youth, who lives in Stamford Hill, was taken to Homerton Hospital by the Hatzolah ambulance service and was kept in overnight for observation.

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Only one in a hundred wants to be one of us

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2008

Most people think that religions such as Judaism and Christianity will die out in Britain within a century, according to a new online poll.

And when asked which religion they would prefer to belong to, only one per cent of respondents chose Judaism.

The survey of religious attitudes was carried out among 2,000 adults this month by YouGov for Aish, the Orthodox outreach organisation.

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Charedim among poorest, yet have less social housing

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2008

Strictly Orthodox Jews in Hackney, North-East London, are more likely to be receiving state benefits than the general population of the borough — but much less likely to be living in social housing.

According to a council study, 58.7 per cent of Charedi households received means-tested benefits compared with 38.6 per cent on average for Hackney as a whole.

But only 8.5 per cent of strictly Orthodox households lived in affordable social housing compared with 44.1 per cent for Hackney as a whole.

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Charedi degrees plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2008
A BA in business and Judaic studies for Charedi and other religious students is to be piloted in Manchester. The Maalot (degrees) project involves separate off-campus teaching facilities for men and women, which will be accredited by Bolton University. If the scheme proves successful, it is likely that other qualifications will be offered. Driving the initiative is Whitefield Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is keen to provide higher-education and employment opportunities for the strictly Orthodox.

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Kedassia man resigns

June 5, 2008

The chairman of Kedassia, the kashrus arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, has stepped down. Mendel Hochhauser has been involved with Kedassia since 1990. It is believed he has given up the post to concentrate on his business activities.

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Charedi numbers ‘much higher than Board says’

By Simon Rocker, June 5, 2008

A new report has sparked fresh debate on the size of Britain’s rapidly growing strictly Orthodox population.

The UK Charedi population numbers between 22,800 and 36,400 and has been growing at a rate of four per cent annually since the early 1990s, according to a study published this week by the Board of Deputies’ community policy research group.

But Charedi sources maintain that even the higher figure is an underestimate and that the total is above 40,000.

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Jerusalem Day? I’ve never heard of it

By Shelly Paz, June 5, 2008

Orthodox jews took to the streets of the Israeli capital on Monday to celebrate Jerusalem Day.

It has become a key event in the Israeli calendar and marks the moment that the city was reunited after the Six-Day War.

But it was one that past laregely without comment in London as few in the community had ever heard of it.

“The fact that I didn't know about it maybe means it should be a lot better publicised than it is, said Candice Joseph, 22, a research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry. "But now that I have been told what is it all about, it means a lot.”

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