Stamford Hill

The Chasidic blogger who doesn't believe in God

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

He looks just a regular Chasid among the strictly Orthodox legions of north London's Stamford Hill: his kippah is black velvet, he wears peyot and he is the product of Yiddish-speaking school and yeshivah.

But Pen Tivokeish - to give him his pen-name - harbours a secret. He is part of a religious underworld, the author of a blog where he records his true feelings as a Charedi man who does not believe in God.


Royal Meats

Category: Kosher Butchers
166 Stanford Hill, Stamford Hill, N16 6QX, 020 8800 2506

Super Glatt

Category: Kosher Butchers
95 Dunsmure Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, N16 5HT, 020 7503 0303

Berrys Limited

Category: Kosher Delis, supermarkets
1a Holmwood Court, Stamford Hill, N16 5RY, 020 8211 7077

Berger & Twerski Limited

Category: Kosher Delis, supermarkets
11 Amhurst Parade, Stamford Hill, N16 5AA, 020 8800 4691

Charedi father told to demolish family home

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2010

A Charedi father must demolish his family home after losing a planning dispute with a council.

Jacob Dreyfuss, president of Stamford Hill's Stolin-Karlin synagogue, rebuilt his two-storey home without planning permission, to add a cellar and a loft extension.

Hackney Council issued an enforcement notice and he appealed against it without success.

The government's Planning Inspectorate has now given him a year to "remove the unauthorised house".


Rabbi regrets praise for child abuser

By Simon Rocker, February 25, 2010

A senior member of London's strictly Orthodox rabbinate says he was unaware that an American rabbi he publicly praised was a convicted child abuser.

Rabbi Ze'ev Feldman, of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, wrote a letter endorsing a fundraising event in Stamford Hill this week to help pay for the weddings of four children of Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Weingarten.

Rabbi Weingarten, a member of the Satmar sect, was last year jailed for 30 years by a New York court for abusing one of his daughters.


The Egg Stores Limited

Category: Kosher Delis, supermarkets
4-6 Stanford Hill, Stamford Hill, N16 6XZ, 929 8806 2266


Category: Kosher Restaurants
45 Grovelands Road, Stamford Hill, N15 6BT, 020 8802 9020

Eckstein's Fine Meats and Deli

Category: Kosher Butchers
Netto Shopping Village, 158 Clapton Common, Stamford Hill, E5 9AG, 020 8809 4656