Orthodox

Israel removes sex from school textbooks

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has been criticised for removing a chapter on sex education from textbooks supplied to children in state-run religious schools.

The chapter, aimed at children aged between 12 and 15, describes the reproduction process, methods of contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It was taken out after objections from Orthodox educational officials.

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Chabad arrests over abuse case

By Shirli Sitbon, September 3, 2013

It emerged last week that two senior members of France’s Lubavitch community were arrested on July 31 over a paedophilia scandal at a Chabad boys’ school in Paris.

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Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.

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What Rabbi Mirvis should do for women

By Alexis Brassey, September 1, 2013

As we enter the reign of a new Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis has declared that his mission is to develop each synagogue into an all-embracing community centre, evolving from a centre simply of prayer and learning.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Hairdryer is fresh start for weary sheitl wearers

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

Religious women have long complained about sheitls — they are itchy and uncomfortable to wear, and cost a fortune to buy.

Now a London-based Israeli hairdresser has come up with what he calls a sheitl revolution.

“My clients were always complaining about their wigs,” said Roi Korach, who has been hairdressing since he was 14.

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Orthodox outrage over New Jersey law banning gay conversion

By Josh Jackman, August 21, 2013

A Charedi organisation has condemned a new state law in America banning gay conversion therapy for children.

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Police drop investigation into Shomrim man

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2013

Police have dropped their investigation into an Orthodox man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Gary Ost, 26, was one of four men questioned by police earlier this year as part of an investigation into Rabbi Chaim Halpern.

Mr Ost temporarily stood down from his role as chief executive of community security group Shomrim during the investigation.

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MP to intervene in benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2013

An MP has intervened in the dispute over observant Jews being denied jobseekers allowance because they refuse to work on Shabbat.

In June, a Charedi man won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was told by a job centre in Prestwich, north Manchester, that he was not eligible for the allowance.

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Father not guilty of raping daughter

By Anna Sheinman, July 24, 2013

A father accused of leading the gang rape of his daughter along with a family friend has been found not guilty on all charges.

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