Charedi Judaism

Jacob Ostreicher released from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

The Orthodox American businessman who has spent the last 18 months in a Bolivian jail without charge has been released on bail.

Grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who was accused of allowing his rice farming business to be used as a front for money-laundering for the drugs trade, was ordered to pay more than £8000 in bail money and will remain under house arrest.

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Black hats turned upside down

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 18, 2012

While the Board of Deputies prepares to reflect on its future, while the Chief Rabbinate Trust ponders whether it can appoint a genuinely credible successor to Lord Sacks, and while the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation makes ready to resume its search for a new spiritual leader (hoping, no doubt, to do so without repeating the comprehensive hash that it made of this quest last time), a pe

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War of words over Charedi rabbi case

By Simon Rocker, December 14, 2012

conflict has deepened within London’s Charedim over a rabbi accused of inappropriate conduct with women.

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Chasidic counsellor guilty of sexual abuse of young girl

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

A Satmar counsellor has been found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl in a case that has caused outrage in his Brooklyn community.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, was found guilty on Monday of a three-year-long abuse of a girl, 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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Yishai tops Shas list, Deri comes second

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Shas, Israel’s religious Sephardi party, has announced its official list for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai was awarded top spot by the party’s Council of Torah Sages.

Aryeh Deri came second and Ariel Attias won third place.

In an interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Mr Deri denied that he was running for the top position.

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Yeshivah tribute draws huge crowd

By Marcus Dysch, November 16, 2012

Some 1,200 alumni and supporters of Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshivah attended a dinner at a Wembley Stadium banqueting suite celebrating the achievements of Israel’s largest religious school.

Diners travelled from yeshivot across Britain and from as far afield as New York for the dinner, planned by committees in Stamford Hill, Manchester, Gateshead, Antwerp, Zurich and Gibraltar.

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Secular and orthodox fight over city of Harish

By Hadas Haimov, November 2, 2012

The city of Harish in the Galilee has become a new battlefield for secular and Orthodox Jews.

Harish was initially intended by the government to be a new Orthodox urban centre and after a marketing initiative aimed at the Orthodox community, an auction was held for plots of land in the city.

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Charedi man regrets affair, denies rape

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

A Chasidic businessman charged with rape and indecent assault of a young woman may have to face a new trial in after a jury at Wood Green Crown Court failed to return a verdict.

Menachem Mendel Levy, a father of five aged 40, had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the woman from the age of 14 until 20.

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Turning a blind eye to abuse

By Ellie Cannon, October 21, 2012

After the past few weeks of headlines, I'd be happy to hibernate for the winter and no longer read about kids going missing with strangers, teachers abducting teenagers or allegedly paedophilic presenters from my childhood.

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Gay affair: Charedi jailed until he grants divorce

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

In a landmark decision, a Charedi man who has refused to grant his wife a get for the past ten years, since she caught him cheating on her with another man, has been sent to jail by the rabbinical court until he relents.

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