Orthodox

Parents: school fails Orthodoxy

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Parents of pupils at Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stamford Hill have expressed concerns that the school is moving away from traditional Orthodoxy.

Some of the parents, who did not wished to be named, said they felt the governors did not listen to their concerns about Masorti services being held on school premises.

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Religious basketball player barred from contest in modesty spat

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

An Orthodox Jewish basketball player has been forced to drop out of an international competition after officials ruled that she could not wear a T-shirt rather than a vest which would leave her shoulders bare.

Naama Shafir was due to play for the Israeli national team at the European women's basketball championship, which opens in Poland next week.

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Mum's death saddens community

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

Manchester's strictly Orthodox community has been stunned by the unexpected death of a young mother-of-two from Salford.

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Rabbi wants to make BlackBerry and Apple crumble

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

A Hasidic rebbe has called on his followers to burn their iPhones, BlackBerrys and any other "unkosher" devices they might have.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, whose community is based in Jerusalem, said smart phones and computers with internet access were treife (unkosher) because they caused trouble in people's personal lives.

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Golders Green applies for free school

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school which has the backing of the Chief Rabbi.

Golders Green Jewish Primary would be modern Orthodox in outlook. Its supporters want it to open in 2012 as part of the Department for Education's free schools programme, giving parents the power to start their own local schools.

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The wedding panners of Stamford Hill

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man featured in a BBC documentary about Chasidic weddings has been ostracised by his synagogue congregation.

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Jewish man severely burned in religious feud attack

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

A Hasidic plumber from New York suffered third degree burns to at least half his body in an attack police said was down to a religious feud.

The victim, named as Aron Rottenberg by The Journal News, was attacked yesterday morning near his home in a strongly Hasidic area, the New Square village in Rockland County.

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New York Satmar town is US poorest

April 28, 2011

A strictly Orthodox township in upstate New York is the poorest place in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

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Mazel Tov: Matisyahu tweets birth of new son

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

Chasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu has announced the birth of his third child.

The musician, famous for hits including Jerusalem and King Without a Crown, revealed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "Tonight on the birthday of the rebbe, I was blessed with a baby boy."

He was referring to the spiritual leader of the Chasidic movement.

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Charitable pupils work Side by Side

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Immanuel College pupils visited a strictly Orthodox special needs school in Stamford Hill they have raised thousands of pounds for.

Thirty students from the Bushey school's Shevet Achim committee were invited to Side by Side - one of the three charities supported. The visitors were given a tour of the school and helped the children with some of their activities.

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