Orthodox

Tal Law on religious and IDF service 'unconstitutional'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled against an extension to a law that allows strictly Orthodox Jews to defer or limit their army service.

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Orthodox sales pitch entices homebuyers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 10, 2012

Succah roofs, kosher kitchens and Israeli-style handwashing basins are features of an 80-unit housing development, for which a planning application is under consideration by Salford City Council.

The application by Countryside Properties has found favour with Salford's strictly Orthodox population.

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Calvin Klein bra advert ruled OK despite Charedi complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

A claim that a lingerie advert placed on buses that ran through Stamford Hill was "offensive" and "irresponsible" has been rejected by the advertisers' watchdog because there was "no explicit nudity".

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Orthodox man in Israel discrimination row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

An Israeli soldier has complained that he was refused entry to a club because he was wearing a kippah.

In the latest incident to highlight the divide between religious and secular groups in Israeli society, the 27-year-old said he was barred from a Tel Aviv hotspot because he refused to remove his kippah.

The dispute was filmed by a fellow partygoer and shown to Israel's Ynet.

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Protest in Bet Shemesh over Orthodox exclusion of women

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2011

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city of Bet Shemesh on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

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Housing body wins planning battle against Hackney Council

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Housing Association has won a battle against Hackney Council to build 13 new homes in Stamford Hill.

Agudas Israel's chief executive Ita Symons said they had plans turned down twice by Hackney councillors to develop the site of the former Persian Synagogue. Construction on 13 new family homes will begin in East Bank, behind Ajex House, in January.

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Gender segregation 'not Jewish law' says top rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

Israel's Sephardi chief rabbi has weighed into the ongoing issue of gender segregation in public areas.

In recent months there have been reports of Orthodox passengers enforcing a de facto segregation system on buses in Jerusalem and other areas, with woman who board told to sit at the back.

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Barnet Orthodox get home comfort

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Part of a new Golders Green development has been designated for the growing strictly Orthodox population of Barnet.

The deal for the West Heath Place, Finchley Road, properties was struck by the Agudas Israel Housing Association with Albany Homes.

Housing association chief executive Ita Symons said: "There will be a mix of shared ownership and rented flats for families from Barnet who need a

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Well-groomed wedding date

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

American Steve Greenberg made history a decade ago when he came out as the first openly gay, Orthodox rabbi.

Now he has just become the first Orthodox rabbi to conduct a same-sex marriage.

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Boris Johnson's bid to keep Charedim fitter

December 1, 2011

Strictly Orthodox Jews are being encouraged to take up kayaking, football and a range of fitness activities as part of a new scheme aimed at making the community healthier.

Charedi communities have set up sports groups and exercise sessions through the Maccabi GB Enable Project, which uses funding from Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Around £12,000 has been awarded so far, with 500 people do

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