Wearing eye-catching clothing is as bad as eating non-kosher food, Charedi rabbi tells women

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

A strictly Orthodox rabbi has defended an official letter telling women not to wear clothes which are red, bright yellow or fluorescent because “hot colours solicit attention”.

The message, written by Rabbi Eliyahu Falk and approved by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, was sent to 5,000 homes in the Stamford Hill area of London with the local Heimishe Newsheet.


Family lawyer to tackle ignorance around agunah issue

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2016

Many members of the Jewish community are unaware of the challenges facing women denied a get, and the problem is getting worse, according to a leading expert.

Sarah Anticoni, a mediator and divorce lawyer, said there was “growing ignorance among large sections of the community that this issue does not affect them or they just don’t care about it at all”.


Anger as Orthodox get most of diaspora fund

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2016

Israel has made an unprecedented £17 million cash contribution to Jewish life on university campuses around the world - but it is under fire for investing a large part of the money through Orthodox organisations.

The money has been divided between three organisations, and two of them are Orthodox.


Ofsted criticises Charedi school for failing to teach about same-sex orientation

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

A Chasidic school has been judged to fall short of required standards because it will not teach children about sexual orientation.

Boys at the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass in Stamford Hill, north London, were “shielded” from certain topics because of its “unconditional adherence to the Shulchan Aruch”, the Code of Jewish Law, Ofsted said.


Ofsted head's concern over children 'hidden away' in unregistered schools

By Simon Rocker, May 16, 2016

The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw said that he was “extremely concerned” at the number of unregistered schools after more than 100 have so far been identified by inspectors.


Three men warned by police over antisemitic abuse aimed at strictly Orthodox family

By Josh Jackman, April 22, 2016

Three men accused of hurling antisemitic abuse at a strictly Orthodox family while throwing eggs at their car have been given cautions by the police.

The men allegedly shouted “F***ing Jews” and “Kill the Jews” at the 28-year-old Jewish man who was driving with his partner and child when the attack occurred in Blackwall Tunnel, east London, earlier this month.


Chasid hero of Hudson plane crash in second daring river rescue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2016

A woman who jumped off a bridge and broke her leg was saved by strictly-Orthodox volunteers who had been searching the river for the body of their friend.

A group of men from the Orthodox New Square village in New York were looking for David Ahronowitz, who died jumping off the George Washington Bridge in January, when they saw a 25-year-old woman make the same leap.


Almost half of UK population have no religion, survey finds

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

A large proportion of people in the UK say they have no religion, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Research carried out by Lancaster University on behalf of YouGov found that 46 per cent of adults of all backgrounds say they have no religion, while 42 per cent call themselves Christians.


Sister of Chasidic girl who committed suicide in July, also kills herself

By JC Reporter, November 24, 2015

The older sister of a Chasidic girl who killed herself by leaping from a rooftop bar in Manhattan four months ago has also committed suicide.

Sara Mayer, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon in her parents’ home in Borough Park.

Her sister, Faigy, 30, killed herself after climbing onto a ledge during a party on the roof of the 230 Fifth restaurant in the Flatir


Orthodox modernising row goes global

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

European rabbis have waded into a dispute that threatens to fracture American Orthodoxy.

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) voted last week to blackball graduates of a New York yeshivah at the centre of a row over its modernising tendencies.