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.


Orthodoxy grows complacent

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 29, 2015

This month, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research published the findings of its inquiries into the demography of Britain's Charedi communities.


Four-year old boy drowns in swimming pool

By Rosa Doherty, August 17, 2015

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Spain.

The child is believed to be a member of a strictly Orthodox family called Berkovitz, from Golders Green, north west London.

He is understood to have fallen into the pool at a holiday villa the family were renting.


School involved in Chasidic sect’s ban on women drivers is rejected for state aid

By Charlotte Oliver, August 10, 2015

A Chasidic school in north London which earlier this year threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive has had an application to become state-aided rejected.

Beis Malka girls’ school, one of two schools runs by the Belz Chasidic sect in Stamford Hill, learned this week that Hackney Council had decided against granting it the status of a voluntary-aided, maintained school.


Man arrested after attack outside Stamford Hill synagogue

By Josh Jackman, July 31, 2015

A strictly Orthodox man was physically and verbally assaulted on Thursday night outside a synagogue.

According to Shomrim, the community volunteer security service, the attacker pushed his victim before shouting antisemitic slurs in a seemingly unprovoked incident outside a shul in Stamford Hill, north-east London.