Stamford Hill

Duncan Smith praises 'special' work of Kisharon

February 16, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith hailed Kisharon’s “truly remarkable” work when he toured its new further educational facility in Stamford Hill on Monday.

Based at the Brenner Community Centre and run in partnership with Hackney Community College, the facility enables adults with complex learning needs to gain life skills helping them towards greater independence.


Met chief is an admirer of Hill street patrols

By Simon Rocker, February 16, 2015

London’s second most senior policeman visited Stamford Hill to salute the work of the local division of Shomrim, the Orthodox community safety patrol.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey praised the volunteer group’s “exceptional” contribution at its second annual meeting.


Reassurance over anti-Charedi protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

Fears of a far-right nationalist rally against the Charedi community have been dampened by police and Jewish security groups.

White supremacist Joshua Bonehill-Paine announced his intention to "Liberate Stamford Hill" with a demonstration in Hackney, north London.

In a supposed "appeal against the Jewification of Britain", he claimed there was an "on-going foreign occupation" of the area, wi


Food for thought on ambassador's first visit

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub met leaders of the strictly Orthodox community this week in the first ever official visit by the country's top diplomat to Stamford Hill.

He toured a Jewish Care centre, the Yesodei Hatorah school and the Kol Boniach outreach group which helps teenagers at risk in north London.

It was hoped the visit would strengthen relations between the strictly Orthodox comm


Pickles takes pleasure in Yesodey's progress

January 29, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles expressed admiration for UK Jewry's "Jewish values and British values" when he visited Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School in Stamford Hill.

Principal Rabbi Abraham Pinter and headteacher Rivky Weinberg joined other community representatives in a round table discussion with the minister, who then took a tour of the school.

Dropping in on a citizenship clas


Young givers get behind capital gain of charity

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Manchester-based charity which encourages children to give to others on special occasions has spread its message of goodwill to the capital.

The Big Barmitzvah Appeal, an offshoot of the Big Birthday Appeal, is funding a sensory garden for blind children at the new Bayis Sheli residential and respite home in 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.