Stamford Hill

Man found guilty of Stamford Hill pensioner killing

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A Polish decorator has been found guilty of manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.


Life on the beat with the Hill street Jews

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Sergeant Michael Loebenberg says that being a Jewish police officer in Stamford Hill has its advantages and challenges.

"It's obviously not a traditional job for Jewish people," said the 28-year-old United Synagogue member. "My family were concerned about antisemitism.


House call on the Hill

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A mezuzah ceremony marked the completion of an affordable housing complex for Charedi families in Stamford Hill.
Comprising 15 rented maisonettes near to the River Lea, Mountside Walk was developed by the Industrial Dwellings Society. The first homes were occupied at the end of 2010.


Pensioner gagged and left to die 'slow death'

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

A Stamford Hill pensioner was left gagged and bound to a chair by burglars for five weeks before her body was discovered, a court heard this week.

Two Polish men broke into 83-year-old Eveline Kelmenson's house through the basement in the middle of the night, before taping her to a chair, robbing her and ransacking her home, a jury at the Old Bailey was told.


Parents: school fails Orthodoxy

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Parents of pupils at Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stamford Hill have expressed concerns that the school is moving away from traditional Orthodoxy.

Some of the parents, who did not wished to be named, said they felt the governors did not listen to their concerns about Masorti services being held on school premises.


Charitable pupils work Side by Side

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Immanuel College pupils visited a strictly Orthodox special needs school in Stamford Hill they have raised thousands of pounds for.

Thirty students from the Bushey school's Shevet Achim committee were invited to Side by Side - one of the three charities supported. The visitors were given a tour of the school and helped the children with some of their activities.


Call for vigilance after synagogue burglaries

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Police in Stamford Hill have stepped up patrols after a spate of burglaries at synagogues.

At least eight shuls have been broken into in the last two months. Small amounts of cash were taken.

Police believe the same group is behind the burglaries after two suspects were caught on CCTV.


Strictly simchah

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

BBC2's forthcoming documentary on marriage and matchmaking in Stamford Hill had the working title of My Big Hasidic Wedding. Not a title likely to appeal to local rabbinate who have been trying to encourage their flock to cut down on simchah expenses. My Little Hasidic Wedding, perhaps?


'Too unkempt': Shomer battles US beard police

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is being sued for religious discrimination by a former kosher supervisor who, apparently, is claiming there were objections to his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, who lives in Stamford Hill, north London, was made redundant as a full-time shomer with the organisation's kashrut division over a year ago.


Rabbis urge boys to tone down Purim

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Yeshivah boys have been told not to go over the top with Purim celebrations on Sunday because of the recession. Strictly Orthodox rabbis want to prevent what they consider extravagant displays of public merriment.

One source close to the rabbinate said: "They can have some Purim fun but they don't want them to spend too much at a time when people are having to tighten their belts."