Orthodox

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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Rabbis crush bid to give women a role in shul

By Simon Rocker, April 10, 2014

An innovative bid to give women greater involvement in United Synagogue services has been scrapped, after objections from the London Beth Din.

The move has prompted protests among congregants, with warnings that it will deepen alienation among women.

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What women need to stay Orthodox

By Dina Brawer, April 4, 2014

On Sunday morning the Chief Rabbi was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Ed Stourton. During the interview Ed put my following question to Rabbi Mirvis, which I had submitted.

"What would you say to convince a Jewish woman who feels unwelcome and irrelevant in her Orthodox Jewish community that she should stick with Orthodoxy?"

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Strictly Orthodox school head Rachel Pinter dies

March 13, 2014

The head teacher of the Yesodey Hatorah Girls High School in Hackney, North London has died after an illness.

Rachel Pinter, who was awarded the OBE for services to education in 2008, was the wife of the school’s trustee Rabbi Avraham Pinter.

Under her tutelage, the school became state-aided in 2006 and is rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

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Israeli rabbi drowns in London mikveh after suffering a heart attack

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

No inquest will be held into the death of an Israeli rabbi who collapsed in a mikveh before Shabbat last Friday.

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