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.


Orthodox campaign for refurb of torched church

By Nathan Jeffay, July 16, 2015

One month after an arson attack on a historic Israeli church, Jewish suspects have been arrested - and rabbis are raising money to refurbish the church.

On Sunday, Israeli police arrested three Jewish men suspected of torching and daubing Hebrew graffiti on the Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee, where Jesus is said to have fed 5,000 people.

The arrests mark a significant step forwa


In New York, Chasidim keep up informal ban on women driving

By Sebastien Malo, June 1, 2015

A New York strictly-Orthodox community continues to follow a religious tradition under which women must refrain from driving.

Though not illegal for female residents, driving runs against a long-held religious standard in the Chasidic village of New Square, New York, with the result that no women does so, a former village spokesman said.


Manchester's big leap is to try to become more united

By Barry Toberman, May 28, 2015

It is said that there are three Jewish communities in Greater Manchester - north, south, and Charedi. The former is the longest established, the south attracts some of the more affluent community members, and the strictly Orthodox accounts for a rising proportion of a Jewish population variously estimated at between 27,000 and 30,000.


You don't have to be frum to study on Shavuot

May 21, 2015

At university one of the keenest consumers of our Jewish society's educational offerings was a practising Christian who would attend everything from Hebrew lessons to in-depth Talmud classes. I once asked him what the learning was like at church. He looked at me surprised, "We don't do learning".