Orthodox

Orthodox keep own curriculum

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Israel's High Court has upheld the right of Charedi schools to ignore the country's national curriculum.

A large number of Charedi schools reduce secular education to the teaching of basic mathematics and a few other subjects, freeing up the bulk of the time for religious subjects.

In 2010, former education minister Amnon Rubinstein, along with other leading educationalists and disgruntled g

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Women call for greater role in Orthodox life

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

A leading feminist has claimed that institutional "control" prevents women from having an active role in Orthodox Jewish life.

Blu Greenberg, the American founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), addressed more than 150 men and women at their second UK conference on Sunday.

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Rabbis condemn UK government over child poverty

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Leading rabbis have condemned the government for its failure to reduce child poverty in the UK.

The letter to the Guardian was signed by 44 rabbis from four different denominations, including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform movement, Sandra Kviat, the outreach Rabbi for Liberal Judaism, Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Natan Levy, who is Orthodox.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis fears for custody battle twins

By Charlotte Oliver, May 22, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has voiced his support for British mother Beth Alexander, who lost a custody battle for her five-year old twin sons Samuel and Benjamin, who live in Vienna with her ex-husband Michael Schlesinger.

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Stamford Hill students burn Magen David

By Simon Rocker, May 22, 2014

A Stamford Hill yeshivah celebrated the festival of Lag ba’Omer on Sunday by burning giant Magen Davids in a show of anti-Zionism.

A video clip which surfaced on the internet this week showed teenagers bobbing and clapping to music as their bonfire consumed the emblem of the state of Israel in the grounds of the Toras Chesed yeshivah.

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All about the beards and the bees

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2014

Were you as shocked as I was on reading the JC’s April 18 front page? Were you shocked for the right reasons?

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Respite home is back on track

By Charlotte Oliver, April 28, 2014

An injection of funding has enabled building work to resume on Stamford Hill children's respite care home, Bayis Sheli.
Construction was restarted last month on the £6.3 million project, supporting strictly Orthodox children across the UK with severe disabilities.

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Frum magazine smuggles in the glamour

By Elissa Strauss, April 25, 2014

On its cover, Hadar little resembles other women’s magazines.

Its spring 2014 cover features a drawing of a dark-haired women holding a bouquet of poppies alongside promises of no-potato Passovers and DIY tricks.

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US rabbis ‘infantilised’ by Charedi Beth Din rulings

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi has attacked the London Beth Din over the scrapping of a newly introduced practice to give women a greater role within Orthodox services.

Rabbi Michael Harris, of Hampstead Synagogue, who has been the most prominent champion of modern Orthodoxy within the US, called the incident “disturbing”.

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