Orthodox

Will Israel have a religious majority?

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

Israel has more than enough to worry about - the uncertain outcome of the Arab spring, the paralysed peace process, not to forget the nuclear ambitions of the theocrats of Tehran.

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Warning over religious coercion in IDF sparks anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

A petition signed by 19 former generals cautioning against religious coercion in the IDF is causing uproar in the army.

The petition follows series of flashpoints involving religious soldiers.

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What are the Orthodox afraid of?

By Miriam Shaviv, November 14, 2011

It would be easy for those of us who belong to the Orthodox community to be angry at the furore surrounding the Big Tent.

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Brooklyn's gender-separated bus to change its policy

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

A bus service that required male and female passengers to sit separately for religious reasons will no longer operate under that arrangement.

It emerged last week that women who took the B110 bus through a part of Brooklyn that is home to high numbers of Chasidic Jews were being told to sit at the back of the vehicle.

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'Orthodox now control Jerusalem'

By Simon Griver, October 19, 2011

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has fired a city council member for petitioning Israel's High Court of Justice against gender segregation in the Mea Shearim area of the city and winning a ruling prohibiting the practice.

On Sunday, the court ruled against the gender segregation of pavements and streets in the heavily Orthodox Mea Shearim.

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LSJS honours loyal backers

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

Nearly a decade ago, one of British Jewry's oldest educational institutions appeared to be on its last legs.

The London School of Jewish Studies, founded as Jews' College in 1855 to produce ministers for central Orthodox synagogues, was fast running out of money.

But it has not only managed to reinvent itself as a thriving adult education centre.

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Israeli orchestra cuts women from concert line-up

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

A concert featuring three Israeli performers has been removed from an Ashdod orchestra's schedule after religious audience members objected to its inclusion.

The Israel Prize-winning Andalusian Orchestra, which specialises in Sephardic music, originally planned to feature the three women in one concert of its January series.

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Boris on song at housing launch

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the "energy and dynamism" of the Stamford Hill community at the opening of a £12 million housing project for strictly Orthodox residents on Monday.

Mr Johnson attended the launch of the Stoke Newington Avigdor Mews project by Agudas Israel Housing Association in 2008, and returned to officially open the 29 flats on completion.

"We have to make sure homes a

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Londoner tipped to head Sephardi Jewry

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

If you think it is impractical to elect the next Chief Rabbi, consider this; the religious leader of Britain's oldest Orthodox community, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has to be elected by its members.

Rabbi Abraham Levy, 72, who has been spiritual head of the congregation since 1980, is shortly to retire.

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Service is extra at BES

September 22, 2011

A Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue minyan for young singles and marrieds attracted 85 people to its pilot Yachad (together) service.

Organisers Aryeh Richman and Simon Mitchell say it offers "a vibrant style of tefilah".

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