Lapid outlines plans for strictly Orthodox national service

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2012

The journalist turned politician Yair Lapid has unveiled his vision for Israel and his plan to bring more strictly Orthodox Israelis into the IDF.

Mr Lapid, whose newly established party is called "Yesh Atid", which translates as "there is a future" announced earlier this year that he planned to mount a challenge to the existing Israeli government.


Religious feud arsonist sentenced in New York

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

A strictly Orthodox Jewish teenager from New York has been sentenced for his role in an arson attack on a man from his community.


Reality show producer wants to follow lives of former Orthodox jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

New York's strictly Orthodox community could go under the microscope if a television producer succeeds in her plan for a reality show about their lives.

However Noah Scheinmann, executive producer at No Regrets Entertainment, wants the series to focus on those members who opt out of the insular community.


UK Jews hatched, matched, despatched… and frummer

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

At least two out of every five Jewish babies in the UK are born to strictly Orthodox parents - the highest proportion ever cited in official Board of Deputies statistics.

Charedi children "now comprise 40 per cent or more" of all Jewish births, compared with a third when calculated in the last Board survey published four years ago.


Don't write us off, we have something to say

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

British Jewry needs a more imaginative approach to its growing ranks of senior citizens which goes beyond care for the most vulnerable, according to a new report.

Instead, it should do more to encourage older people to take part in community activities and find opportunities for personal growth.

"The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general populat


Facebook crackdown for frum Jewish school pupils

By Michaela Walters, March 28, 2012

Pupils at a New York Orthodox Jewish girls' school have been told to delete their Facebook accounts or face expulsion. The ultimatum was given to girls aged 16 and 17 who attend Beis Rivkah High School .


Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu


Rome arrival lifts Catford

March 8, 2012

Rev David Gideon Rome will be "coming home" when he joins Catford and Bromley Synagogue as minister next month. For his grandfather Rabbi Judah Rockman served the south London shul for more than 40 years.

Mr Rome, 25, is a qualified chazan and a soloist with the London Cantorial Singers.


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.


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.