Orthodox

Glenn Beck's Israel mission has backfired

By Nathan Jeffay, September 1, 2011

When the ultra-conservative American broadcaster Glenn Beck arrived in Israel last week, he hoped to convince Israelis to feel closer to Christian Zionists like him. But his plan may just have backfired.

He arrived with hundreds of American Christians in tow, who enthusiastically cheered him as he prayed, cried and spoke of his love for Israel and the folly of everyone to the left of him.

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Sheikh Salah thanks the Neturei Karta

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah has met leaders of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, to thank them for their support.

The meeting, in London on Tuesday, came after the group backed Sheikh Salah in his fight against deportation from Britain.

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A Canterbury tale - with a difference

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Police were called to a strictly Orthodox holiday camp in Kent last month after the appearance of a stranger aroused suspicion.

A bareheaded man, not wearing Orthodox dress, entered the marquee which served as the camp's temporary synagogue at Kent University, Canterbury, one evening.

According to Levi Yitzchok Schapiro, a Jewish community activist from Stamford Hill, north London, when the

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'Special needs yeshivah' launched by Langdon

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Salford's Langdon College has set up a yeshivah study programme for young adults with special needs.

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Health trust's dedicated role

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

NHS Salford is hiring its first dedicated Jewish support worker to improve the uptake of mental health treatments among the community.

It is hoped the primary care trust-sponsored one-year position will spread awareness of self-help techniques to tackle depression and anxiety and facilitate more intensive treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia.

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School gets shock: it needs £90,000

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Strictly Orthodox schools in Greater Manchester are fearing chaos as the second largest Charedi school is threatened with closure following a £90,000 electrics bill.

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Rabbi urges a bolder approach

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

One of Britain's most senior Orthodox ministers has called for bolder leadership, saying that too many rabbis are seen as "unworldly and uneducated".

Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen's comments were made in a hard-hitting sermon at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue on Shabbat.

The former Stanmore minister cited a talmudic story connecting the destruction of the Temple to the failure of rabbis in Roman

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Reform mapping out future

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Movement for Reform Judaism has launched a strategic review to set its priorities over the next five-to-10 years.

An 18-page "green paper" published this week is being circulated to its synagogues, inviting members' views on where the central movement should put its annual £3 million budget.

Centred on a set of questions for discussion, the document is "not the way Jewish organisations

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How the other religions manage it

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth - to give the post its full title - has sometimes been seen as our equivalent to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Just as the archbishop heads the Church of England, the state's official church, so the chief rabbi leads UK's largest Jewish denomination.

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Tottenham riots: Jews hand out challah

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011
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Members of Tottenham's strictly Orthodox community were filmed handing out Shabbat leftovers during Saturday's night of unrest in North London. For teh full story on this click here

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