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


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.


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


Brooklyn women fight to join Orthodox ambulance service

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

A group of Orthodox women in the Borough Park area of New York have sparked a debate in the community after they asked to be allowed to join a men-only Jewish volunteer ambulance service.

The women said they wanted to be involved in Hatzalah's operations, in order to help women going into labour or facing other emergencies.


Businessman takes Beth Din order to High Court

November 25, 2011

The High Court in London is being asked to enforce the decision of the Beth Din, the court which decides civil or religious issues among Orthodox Jews.

The Beth Din awarded Gateshead businessman Jerry Fried more than £1 million in December 2009, when it ordered company director David Zadok Baumgarten to pay Mr Fried £920,550.43. Mr Fried is also seeking interest of £109,558.11.


Orthodox feud goes to court

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

A High Court case opened on Wednesday involving a bitter feud between members of a London Orthodox family over the assets of a once flourishing property enterprise.

Joseph Ackerman is taking action against his sister-in-law Naomi Ackerman, and her son Barry Ackerman.

Joseph and his brother Jack built up a successful property business and a charity, Delapage, to aid Orthodox Jewish education


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.


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.


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.


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.