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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.