Stamford Hill

Hackney rejects school plan over neighbour complaints

By Anna Sheinman, October 5, 2012

Hackney Council has refused a planning application by the strictly Orthodox Agudas Israel Housing Association for an £8 million special-needs school and housing development because of the potential “overbearing impact” on neighbours.

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Hackney family can keep succah

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

A strictly Orthodox family have won a year-long planning dispute over the erection of a succah on the balcony of their flat.

Yehuda and Rachel Benouaich built the succah when they moved in last year but were forced to hire architects and solicitors after Hackney Council threatened legal action over their failure to secure planning permission.

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Special needs school warned: Raise £3.5m or give up free site

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Hackney special-needs school Side by Side faces a race against time to take up a gift of land worth £1.5 million from a strictly Orthodox housing charity.

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Stamford Hill 'child assault' arrest

June 19, 2012

Police are investigating an alleged indecent assault on a child by a Stamford Hill man.

The 24-year-old, believed to be a member of the strictly Orthodox community, was arrested on Sunday afternoon at Paget Road, Hackney. The man has been released on bail to return at a further date.

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Drowned Stamford Hill rabbi buried

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2012

More than a thousand people lined the streets of Stamford Hill to mourn one of its leading rabbis who drowned off the Kent coast on Monday.

Rabbi Chaim Breisch, aged 59 according to police, was rescued with another man after struggling in a rough sea off Broadstairs but was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken by helicopter to hospital.

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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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