Stamford Hill

Satmar boys' primary wins fight against closure

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill school has won its battle against closure after Hackney Council ruled that it was operating illegally.

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Special needs pupils gain new skills

By Jessica Elgot, May 25, 2012

Special-needs pupils at the strictly Orthodox Side by Side school are learning more than tikkun olam when delivering weekly food parcels to people in need.

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Satmars told to demolish shul in family home

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

A planning inspector has ruled that a Satmar synagogue built in a family home in Stamford Hill must be demolished.

Satmar leaders must also pay Hackney Council the costs of a public inquiry into the planning violation because the appeal was "unreasonable".

The Bethune Road property had been extended and converted without planning permission.

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Turn off that phone - you're in synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, March 1, 2012

Mobile phone "addiction" has even penetrated the strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill community, prompting religious leaders to ban their use in synagogues.

A declaration has been signed by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations Beis Din and more than 60 Hackney rabbis and school heads.

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Going Side by Side with school

February 16, 2012

Ken Livingstone was among the speakers at what is thought to be the largest fundraising event staged by the Stamford Hill community.

Seven-hundred guests at a central London dinner raised £500,000-plus for the Side by Side integrated nursery and special needs school.

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Kisharon centres could shut in service revamp

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Learning disability charity Kisharon could close day centres in Hackney and Golders Green to facilitate users' greater integration within the mainstream community.

Kisharon chief executive Bev Jacobson said the charity had been given around a year by Hackney Council to examine ways the services offered by the Stamford Hill day centres could be provided by alternative means.

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Stamford Hill shul is 'blocking the sunlight' of local residents

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Hackney Council claims that a strictly Orthodox synagogue, built without planning permission in Stamford Hill, is "blocking the sunlight" of nearby families and says its extension must be demolished.

The synagogue, in Bethune Road, was served with an enforcement notice and given three months to demolish an extension and turn the building back into a family home.

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Calvin Klein bra advert ruled OK despite Charedi complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

A claim that a lingerie advert placed on buses that ran through Stamford Hill was "offensive" and "irresponsible" has been rejected by the advertisers' watchdog because there was "no explicit nudity".

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Special school appoints

December 29, 2011

Gerald Lebrett starts next week as head of Stamford Hill integrated nursery and special needs school, Side by Side.

He has been head of learning support at Norwood since 2004 and his educational career has also taken in Kisharon and the Menorah Primary.

Side by Side chairman Yossel Margulies said the appointment "marks a new and exciting era for Side by Side.

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Housing body wins planning battle against Hackney Council

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Housing Association has won a battle against Hackney Council to build 13 new homes in Stamford Hill.

Agudas Israel's chief executive Ita Symons said they had plans turned down twice by Hackney councillors to develop the site of the former Persian Synagogue. Construction on 13 new family homes will begin in East Bank, behind Ajex House, in January.

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