Charedi Judaism

Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman due to speak in UK

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Centre, says “the bravest feminists in Israel today are Orthodox women who are willing to fight.”

Ms Hoffman praised the Orthodox women “who call us to confront the rabbis who seem to be above the law” and to challenge the “hegemony of strictly Orthodox interpretation of women.”


Orthodox hope to woo women outside home

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish woman threw down an unorthodox challenge this week: “Let’s reclaim the F word.”

But Dina Brawer meant “feminism,” and she wants to make it fashionable.


Suspect charged in Brooklyn death crash

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2013

A man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide following the deaths of a young married couple and their newborn baby in a car accident on Sunday.


Brooklyn tears after hit and run horror

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

Around 1,000 members of Brooklyn’s strictly Orthodox community turned out this week for the funerals of Nachman and Raizy Glauber and their newborn child, who were killed in a car crash last weekend.

The newlywed couple, both aged 21, had been travelling to hospital for a check-up on Mrs Glauber when their taxi collided with another car.


Charedi arrested for ordering woman to back of bus

By Ben Hartman, February 21, 2013

Israeli police have arrested a Charedi man suspected of ordering a 22-year-old woman to the back of a bus last week.

Noa Kentman was sitting at the front of an Egged bus bound for Ashdod when two Charedi men told her to move to the back in an attempt to enforce gender segregation.


Wrong numbers prompt council to call for better data

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The Manchester Jewish Representative Council has warned that communal strategy must be based on reliable demographic data, particularly for the mainstream. But there was no questioning the growth of the local Charedi community.


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.


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.


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.


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.