Charedi Judaism

Court orders Google to identify anti-Halpern bloggers

By Simon Rocker, February 8, 2013

Rabbi Chaim Halpern struck back against his accusers today by obtaining a High Court order for Google to identify the names of bloggers who have attacked him.

The Golders Green rabbi denies claims of inappropriate conduct towards women which are currently being investigated by a special Beth Din set up at the behest of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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TV rabbi may apply to Ofcom

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 8, 2013

A Manchester rabbi who was secretly filmed by last week’s Channel 4 Dispatches on Charedi sex abuse is considering making an Ofcom complaint.

Lawyers acting for Osher Westheim, a former Manchester Beth Din dayan, accused Channel 4 of breaching parts of the broadcaster watchdog’s regulations, in relation to rejecting an offer from the rabbi to be openly interviewed.

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Yiddish in Hackney — but not Gateshead

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 1, 2013

More detailed data from the 2011 census released this week has revealed some surprising details about Anglo-Jewry’s population shifts and spoken Hebrew and Yiddish.

On Wednesday, the Office for National Statistics released new data, including neighbourhood population figures by religion, and records of which languages people speak.

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Charedim: ‘we take abuse seriously’

By Simon Rocker, January 31, 2013

London’s Charedi establishment says it would be a “slur” on the community to suggest it failed to tackle child abuse properly, ahead of a Channel 4 exposé that aired on Wednesday night.

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Channel 4 programme asks: do rabbis cover up abuse?

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2013

Britain’s Charedi establishment, already buffeted by allegations of sexual abuse against women by one of its senior rabbis, is about to become embroiled in fresh controversy.

Channel 4’s Dispatches strand is to broadcast an investigation next Wednesday night into claims of the sexual abuse of children within the strictly Orthodox communities of the UK.

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Two victims explain why they didn't report abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 24, 2013

Jewish victims of child sex abuse have spoken out about serious sexual crime being perpetrated within the UK’s strictly Orthodox Jewish community, writes Jonathan Kalmus.

Two victims — who are not involved in the Dispatches film — have spoken exclusively to the JC.

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Satmar sex abuse counsellor Weberman given 103 years

By Anna Sheinman, January 22, 2013

A Satmar counsellor found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl has been sentenced to 103 years in jail.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, of Brooklyn, New York was found guilty of abusing a girl for three years, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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The internet rebellion shaking Stamford Hill

By Pen Tivakesh, January 11, 2013

It may seem like decades, but only three months ago thousands of Charedi men were marshalled into the Leyton Orient stadium for a ticketed event, although one quite unlike any football match, by the Union of Hebrew Congregations. The gathering was the brainchild of Rabbi Ephraim Padwa himself, the rabbinical leader of the UOHC.

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Job for the cops, not the rabbis

By Miriam Shaviv, January 11, 2013

How should the Orthodox community handle allegations of sexual abuse? The scandal currently rocking London's Charedi world provides a classic example of how not to do it.

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Israeli elections: Charedi women refuse to vote

By Nathan Jeffay, January 10, 2013

A group of Charedi women has started a rebellion, declaring that they will not support their usual parties in the January 22 election because of their male-only candidate lists.

Israel’s two main Charedi parties, the Ashkenazi-run United Torah Judaism and the Sephardi-run Shas, both have a strict policy of not fielding women, claiming that doing so would flout religious teachings.

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