Charedi Judaism

School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 8, 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 8, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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, August 1, 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 25, 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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Charedi homes project may face injunction

By Dana Gloger, July 18, 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 18, 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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