Orthodox

Progressive plea on advocacy

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

The joint vice-chairman of Manchester Jewish Representative Council has asked for assurances that the Progressive community will enjoy equal participation in the Israel advocacy conference due to take place in November.

Mike Samuels - a member of the Orthodox South Manchester Synagogue - expressed concern at the possibility that the Reform movement might be "sidelined" at the Big Tent for Israe

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Rabbi runs gay dating website

By Nathan Jeffay, September 8, 2011

If you ask avowedly Orthodox Rabbi Arele Harel what he thinks about marriage between homosexuals, you may be surprised by his answer. Not only is he in favour, but he will play matchmaker.

However, there is a twist. The marriages that he brokers are indeed between gays - but one gay man and one lesbian.

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A yeshivah launching - in Kent?

By Simon Rocker, September 8, 2011

Princess Diana went to boarding school there and it boasts one of the oldest cricket grounds in the land.

But could Sevenoaks in Kent be about to have a new claim to fame: as the south-east's answer to Gateshead?

A new yeshivah for boys of 16 and 17 has opened about three miles from the centre of town.

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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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