Courts decide cases on the facts

By Lianne Kolirin, August 18, 2016

Eleanor Platt QC is a former vice president of the Board of Deputies and currently chairs its family law group.

Four years ago she represented a Charedi father who unsuccessfully appealed against a court judgement which allowed his ex-wife to send their children to a less religious school.

Both parents came from families who had been Charedi for generations.


Charedim raise £1m for child custody war chest

By Daniel Sugarman, August 18, 2016

Stamford Hill Charedim have raised £1 million to fight legal cases where they think children are at risk of being removed from the community by one of their parents.


Don't judge us for being childless

By Sarah Bronzite, July 14, 2016

Chaya speaks calmly about a memorable visit to her local mikvah.

"I had a mikvah lady physically poke me in the stomach and say 'Why no baby? Why do you keep coming back?' And this wasn't after I was dressed - I was completely naked in the mikvah room. That was quite special..."


Kids' trips can be traumatic for their anxious parents

By Lianne Kolirin, June 9, 2016

It began as any other ordinary day; I packed my children off to school, then rushed to work.

My eight-year-old was going on a school trip and I thought nothing of it, besides to wish him a fun day out with his friends.


The foster mum whose killing changed Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2016

The murder of Dafna Meir at the hands of a Palestinian teenager in January touched Israelis more than almost any other death in the current violence. But now, as Ms Meir is mourned, a message of hope is emerging from the pain.


What really happened to Mum?

By Jeremy Gavron, December 10, 2015

How does a book come into being for a writer? My first book, an account of a mysterious death in a wildlife park in Kenya, was commissioned after I had covered the story as a journalist. My second novel, based on the history of my father's family, was inspired by the discovery of a manuscript written by my great uncle, though the way to write it came to me on a walk on Hampstead Heath.


Have you thought about the values you want to instil in your children?

By Rachel Vecht, December 7, 2015

A parent is a child's first and most important teacher.


Should we show defiance rather than just worry?

By Lauren Libbert, November 26, 2015

As a typical mother, news of an upcoming school trip to soak up the archaeological delights of The Petrie and British museums in central London for my nine-year old elicited excitement plus the usual set of concerns. Will two chocolate biscuits in his packed lunch be enough? Will he be too warm in his coat or too cold without it? Can I really trust him to take and bring home his school cap?


Baby steps towards £1m fertility support programme

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

For five years, GP Rachel Stone, 34, and her solicitor husband, Andrew, 35, tried to conceive.

After four cycles of IVF treatment costing a total £50,000, the Cheshire couple even contemplated moving to a cheaper property to fund another attempt.

She had one embryo left when her cousin told her about Bonei Olam, an international charity providing fertility treatment funding.


Mum's got her protest down to a T

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2014

A fashion designer threatened with prosecution for taking her children out of school to visit Israel has hit back - with a range of T-shirts calling on the government to change its policy on banning term-time family holidays.