Jewish couple take civil partnership battle to High Court

By Rosa Doherty, January 19, 2016

A Jewish couple who want civil partnerships to be available for heterosexuals have launched a legal challenge in the High Court.

Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan decided to challenge the status quo after an official at a register office told them they were not eligible for a civil partnership because they were not the same sex.


Take note - this is the way to propose

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

It took Daniel Price a year to propose to his girlfriend Hannah Beth Leslie.

Not that he required that long to summon up the nerve. He needed the time to set up an elaborate proposal based on the Jewish couple's favourite romantic movie, The Notebook.


'Shun' husband refusing to grant his wife a get, Beth Din tells shuls

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2015

The London Beth Din has taken the unprecedented step of calling for a man to be banned from synagogues and publicly shunned because he has refused to grant his wife a religious divorce.


We'll continue to name and shame the men who refuse to free ex-wives

By Joanne Greenaway, November 6, 2015

Today the London Beth Din has issued an advert in the case of John Abayahoudayan, who has refused to grant his wife, Rivkah, a get (a Jewish divorce) for 15 years.

We urge Mr Abayahoudayan to do what is proper according to Jewish law and morality and release Rivkah from being an agunah.


Religious schism in Israel grows as independent rabbis perform marriages

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2015

The split between Israel's Chief Rabbinate and the rebel rabbis who last week announced they had performed six independent conversions of minors is widening.

This week it emerged that the rebel rabbinical courts had carried out around 50 conversions in recent months - including those of grown-ups - and that some of the rabbis involved had also performed marriages for the converts.


The £130-a-minute simchah: Are we wedded to excess?

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

It should be the happiest day of your life - and will likely be the most expensive. Wedding planners say that the cost of a kosher celebration can comfortably exceed £50,000. Our £55,000 wedding quote works out at an eye-popping £130-a-minute for a seven hour event.


Married and renting - report reveals the state of Jewish households

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

British Jewry may be growing poorer with a decline in home ownership and a rise in people renting accommodation, according to a report published this week.

Home ownership among Jews in England and Wales fell from 77 per cent of households to 73 per cent over the past decade. Jews are still more likely to own their homes than the general population, where the figure is 64 per cent.


Trial told that get-gang rabbi 'discussed using cattle prod on male genitalia'

By Dan Friedman, March 5, 2015

It does not look promising when one lawyer's main line of defence includes the claim that razor blades at the scene of a crime were there to sharpen the quills to sign a ceremonial document.

But little runs straight in the sometimes brutal, sometimes surreal trial of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and the alleged gang of rabbinical "tough guys" he is accused of recruiting to force recalcitrant husbands t


Couple given green light to challenge civil partnership rule

By Rosa Doherty, February 24, 2015

A Jewish couple who launched a legal challenge against the ban on heterosexual civil partnerships has been granted permission to continue with their claim by a High Court judge.

Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing has said Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan can now proceed with their case against the government’s continued barring of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.


Stephen Fry to marry partner

By Anna Behrmann, January 7, 2015

Stephen Fry has said that he is “very very happy” about his upcoming nuptials to his partner, the stand-up comedian, Elliott Spencer.

The 57-year-old actor and presenter has given formal notice to his 27-year-old partner, Spencer, at a register office in Norfolk, near where he grew up.