Stamford Hill

Charedi group takes on Hackney Council

February 3, 2011

Strictly Orthodox organisations in Stamford Hill are presenting a united voice against stringent Hackney Council planning policies.

The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Agudas Israel Housing Association, Agudas Israel Community Services and the Interlink Foundation have teamed up in the Stamford Hill Coalition for Planning Change, which also involves local councillors and activists.

The group believes its cause will be helped by the Localism Bill, going through Parliament, which aims to shift power from government to communities.

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More sparkle in the 2011 market

By Charlie Jacoby, January 27, 2011

When the champagne corks went pop at midnight on December 31, 2010, it was a poorer vintage than usual among property auctioneers - and the clink of glasses was to salute the future, with no more than a nod to the past. For 2010 was not a great year. But 2011 is looking stronger. "This year should offer real opportunities in the auction room for both buyers and sellers," says Richard Auterac, of Acuitus. "The gulf in the expectations of the two sides of the auction equation that stalled the sale of some assets in the summer is now narrowing.

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Man bailed after Stamford Hill attack

January 13, 2011

A 24-year-old man has been released on bail after he was arrested for allegedly punching a strictly Orthodox man in the head.

Officers were called to Stamford Hill in north London shortly before 11pm on Saturday following reports of an attack.

It is alleged that the attacker punched the back of the victim's head, knocking his hat and kippah off before shouting racist abuse.

Police said the abuse made reference to Israel.

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Hackney parking scheme driving residents crazy

By Robyn Rosen, January 13, 2011

The strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill community is warning that suggested parking restrictions will "destroy the social structure of the area".

Hackney Council is consulting residents about a proposed local controlled parking zone (CPZ). During its operational hours, visitors would need to purchase a pay-and-display ticket or face a fine. Residents or employees in the area would have to buy a residential permit, costing £92 for a year, or a £380 business permit.

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Swastikas daubed in Stamford Hill

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

At least seven vehicles in Stamford Hill were daubed with swastikas and "Jews raus [Jews out]" slogans in gold spray paint on Shabbat.

The daubings were discovered on the cars and vans - all large, older vehicles belonging to members of the strictly Orthodox community - in Oldhill Street and Lynmouth Road on Friday evening.

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Sharer said he only became aware of the incident after Shabbat. Although seven people had reported daubings on their vehicles to the police, others may not have come forward.

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Funding for Orthodox charity axed

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2010

An Orthodox charity which provides complementary therapies in north west London must close operations this month after its grant was axed.

Talking Matters, which provides counselling, arts and relaxation therapy for the Orthodox community in Stamford Hill, will close its sister project Talking Hands, based in Temple Fortune.

The charity received a grant of around £20,000 from London Councils to expand in 2008 and provide services to Harringey, Brent and Barnet.

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Satmar couple are held over daughter 'kidnap'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 2, 2010

A man and woman from the Satmar community in Stamford Hill were arrested last week at Ben Gurion Airport on suspicion that they were trying to take their 21-year-old daughter out of the country against her will. The pair were charged on Sunday at Tel Aviv District Court with attempted kidnap.

The daughter, who also has Israeli citizenship, and her parents arrived in Israel three months ago, with her brother who studies at a yeshivah in Jerusalem.

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Charedi charity bags award

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

A Charedi disabilities charity in Stamford Hill has won an award for its volunteering work.

Bikur Cholim D'Satmar has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Mark after a report found it "has a very dedicated group of volunteers who feel a sense of commitment to its activities".

The charity was founded in 1979 and provides support, facilities and services that range from hospital visits and respite breaks to transportation and delivering meals. There are 70 female volunteers.

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£300K push for Moroccan members

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

Leaders of the Jacob Benjamin Elias Synagogue in Stamford Hill hope a £300,000 extension will be finished in January and will improve dining, educational and social facilities for the Sephardi community.

Shul president Barook Abraham said: "Our congregation consists mainly of Iraqi Jews with some Syrian and Persian Jews. We want to extend links to Asian and Moroccan Jews. By having more activities in shul, we hope to establish a more integrated community."

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Confusion over shop Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

A Stamford Hill greengrocer which displays an agreement with strictly Orthodox rabbis not to sell Israeli goods, has shocked many of its Jewish customers - who believe it is a boycott.

Fresh & Fruity in Stamford Hill, which is not Jewish-owned, displays a signed agreement with the Kedassia, the kashrut division of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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