Stamford Hill

Praise for Chasidic school

December 11, 2014

An independent Chasidic boys' school in Stamford Hill, north London has passed its inspection with flying colours, showing it is possible to combine an intensive diet of Torah studies while meeting national standards.

Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass, which is run by Belz Chasidim and teaches 533 boys from three to 16, has been rated good by Ofsted.

Its early years section was ranked outstandin


Hackney girls' school criticised by inspectors

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

Inspectors have said that a strictly Orthodox girls school in Hackney should not be allowed to expand because of weaknesses in its welfare, health and safety arrangements and problems with its premises.

Bnois Jerusalem in Stamford Hill, North London, which has 780 girls on its roll from 3 to 16, applied last year to the education authorities for permission to expand to 850.

The school alread


School faces closure threat

By Simon Rocker, October 23, 2014

One of the largest Chasidic schools in London has been warned it could face closure if it does not improve provision for pupils' welfare, health and safety.

Inspectors found arrangements at the independent Talmud Torah Yetev Lev, in Stamford Hill, unsatisfactory after an unannounced visit in June.


Man who is turning Stamford Hill into a real land of milk and honey

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

Stamford Hill has never been known as a land flowing with milk and honey. But one little corner is just that - Joseph Schneck's back garden.

As far as he is aware, he is the only Charedi bee-keeper in London, selling honey from his hives.


Stamford Hill school scores well with Ofsted inspectors

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2014

A Chasidic girls' primary school in Stamford Hill has impressed Ofsted inspectors.

Bnos Zion of Bobov, an independent school for 158 girls aged from three to 12 serving the Bobov Chasidic community, was rated good after a visit from Ofsted, with the behaviour and care of pupils found to be outstanding.


Boris pays tribute to Stamford Hill activist

August 14, 2014

Boris Johnson and other London political and police leaders visited the home of Stamford Hill activist Rabbi Osher Schapiro last Thursday to celebrate the work of his Kol Boniach charity, helping troubled teenage boys in London, Manchester and Gateshead.

Mr Johnson first encountered Rabbi Schapiro during the 2012 mayoral campaign and the two have since held private meetings.


Ofsted tells 'inadequate' school: must do better

By Simon Rocker, July 31, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have strongly criticised a Yiddish-speaking Chasidic school in Stamford Hill for providing an "inadequate" education.

Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz - a primary school for 242 boys aged mainly from five to 13 which is associated with the Vishnitz sect - was instructed to make improvements after an emergency inspection in January.


Wanted: undercover chasids

By Simon Rocker, June 22, 2014

A Stamford Hill rabbi called a meeting last week, looking for able-bodied men between the ages of 35 and 50 to embark on a secret nocturnal mission.

According to a report on a Hebrew website, he was concerned about yeshivah boys frequenting casinos and other places of dubious repute instead of being tucked up with their Talmuds.


Stamford Hill unites in mourning

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of mourners poured on to north London streets on Tuesday to witness the funeral processsion of Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the leader of Chabad Lubavitch UK for more than 50 years.

Almost 600 followers of the rabbi, who died at the weekend aged 78, gathered outside his home in Stamford Hill with his oldest son Rabbi Leivi Sudak leading the prayers through a loudspeaker.


Praise for Lubavitch primary

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

The Lubavitch Boys’ Primary School in Stamford Hill has been praised for its Jewish studies, including its use of information technology in the subject.

Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service overseen by the Board of the Deputies, gave the state-aided school a “good” rating for its religious teaching.