Orthodox

Cash cuts force Mesivta head to quit

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 1, 2011

The headteacher of an Orthodox secondary school has been forced to take early retirement because of personal health concerns sparked by a barrage of spending cuts imposed by the local authority.

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Help for parents over nurseries

By Jay Grenby, March 31, 2011

A hotline and database aiming to pinpoint vacancies at Orthodox Jewish nurseries has been launched by the National Association of Orthodox Jewish Schools (Najos).

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Healthy attitude in big demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A health promotion drive aimed at Manchester's strictly Orthodox community attracted 1,500 people to the Beis Yaakov High School in Salford.

Men's health checks were run by the Jewish ambulance service, Hatzola, and a child immunisation clinic and a funfair were among the mix of activities for youngsters. Office for National Statistics advisers were on hand to answer Census form queries.

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The strictly Orthodox soldiers

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, a former computer design engineer from Boston, might seem like any emissary who comes to the UK to raise funds for Orthodox causes. But his is unique: he is director of an organisation which provides spiritual and educational support to Nachal Charedi, the Israeli army's battalion of strictly Orthodox soldiers.

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Wedding in Vegas - Chabad style

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

There were 600 guests at a rare Chabad wedding in Las Vegas last week, as young couple Chayala Harlig and Levi Wilhem tied the knot at the starry Venetian hotel.

Photos: Rabbi Shea Harlig

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Israeli grandmother gives birth to 18th baby

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

A Jerusalem woman has given birth to her 18th child, a baby boy who is already an uncle twice over.

Rivkah, who has two grandchildren older than her new son, is part of the strictly Orthodox Chasidic community, where large families are not unusual.

But at only 44 years old, Rivkah – who cannot even count a set of twins or triplets among her brood – has gone a step further than many.

And her nine sons and nine daughters also have a large extended family; their mother has 15 siblings.

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Residents rubbish Bury refuse plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Plans to reduce refuse collections in Bury have upset Orthodox community members from large families.

The proposal - being put to the vote on February 23 - would see general waste collections cut from weekly to fortnightly. For cardboard, the service would go from fortnightly to monthly. But residents would get a green bin, rather than a bag, for paper and families with six or more children would receive a second general waste bin.

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Tribe spreads its wings to nursery care

February 10, 2011

A new Orthodox day care nursery at South Hampstead Synagogue is looking after 10 children aged from three months to two-and-a-half years.

Operating in conjunction with the United Synagogue youth arm, Tribe, BabyiSH is open from 8am until 6.15pm, reflecting the needs of working parents. There is a different theme each week and festivals play a big part in the programme.

The project is managed by Lauren and Rabbi Eli Levin, who said its establishment means the shul now has services catering for the entire community.

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Having kids, the strictly Orthodox way

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

More Orthodox couples are considering radical ways to get pregnant, including surrogacy and sperm donation, with medical experts advising that these treatments can be compatible with Jewish law.

Dr Simon Fishel, a leading fertility specialist, said rabbis were open to new kinds of treatment, but couples were often subjected to traumatic conflicting advice.

He said: "These are areas of great ethical debate, even in the secular world. Judaism is a really positive religion when it comes to modern medicine. But the debate can cause real discrepancies and can be very confusing."

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Jewish security team nab Craigslist car thief

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Members of an Orthodox Jewish security force in New York helped catch an alleged car thief by setting up a sting operation.

Valsyl Lazoryshyn is believed to have stolen a car after its owner advertised the vehicle for sale on the website Craigslist.

After being fooled by Mr Lazoryshyn, who drove the car away during a test drive, the owner decided to contact the Shomrim.

The Brooklyn branch of the Jewish security group helped by arranging a second car sale at which he could pose as a prospective buyer.

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