Stamford Hill

Questions over future of Jewish Tribune

By Simon Rocker, August 19, 2010

Agudas Israel, the strictly Orthodox movement, is considering the future of the weekly Jewish Tribune.

Rumours began circulating this week that the newspaper, which describes itself as “the voice of Anglo-Jewish Orthodoxy”, would be closing as a weekly after Rosh Hashanah.

But Joe Lobenstein, who has been involved in the Tribune since its inception in 1962, said: “The subject is under consideration. No definite decision has been taken so far.”

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FBI arrest Orthodox 'fraudster'

By Paul Berger, August 19, 2010

An American property developer who allegedly defrauded British Jews out of millions of pounds has been arrested by the FBI.

Eliyahu Weinstein, 35, lost a civil case earlier this month against London property tycoon Berish Berger, who had been swindled out of £23 million.

At least two members of Stamford Hill's Jewish community continue to pursue multi-million pound lawsuits against Weinstein in the US, following property deals that went sour.

Last week, FBI agents arrested Weinstein, who lives in the Orthodox enclave of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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Kidnappers ‘forced man to issue a get’

By Leon Symons, August 5, 2010

Strictly orthodox rabbis are fighting claims that a woman's marriage is invalid because her husband was forced to issue a get under duress.

Friends of her ex-husband have started a campaign claiming he gave it after he had been kidnapped.

But the Union of Hebrew Congregations dismissed the claims and insisted he had been paid nearly £16,000 to give it.

"This man abandoned his family and now wants to get revenge and stir up trouble," said a UOHC source.

Neither the man or the woman can be identified but he is an American living in New York and she lives in London.

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Manslaughter charge over pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of an 83-year-old strictly Orthodox woman from Stamford Hill.

Police found Evelyn Kelmenson, with her legs bound by duct tape, in the top-floor bedroom of her three-storey house on Leweston Place on January 1 2009, after her niece had raised the alarm.

A year later, police offered a £20,000 reward for information.

Kuba Dlugosz, 32, a Polish national of no fixed address, appeared at Havering Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody and also charged with burglary.

He will appear again in court in November.

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Manslaughter charge over pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of an 83-year-old strictly Orthodox woman from Stamford Hill.

Police found Evelyn Kelmenson, with her legs bound by duct tape, in the top-floor bedroom of her three-storey house on Leweston Place on January 1 2009, after her niece had raised the alarm.

A year later, police offered a £20,000 reward for information.

Kuba Dlugosz, 32, a Polish national of no fixed address, appeared at Havering Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody and also charged with burglary.

He will appear again in court in November.

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Chief Rabbi opens Lubavitch centre

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

Officially opening the £1.5 million Lubavitch Children's Centre in Stamford Hill on Monday, Lord Sacks said he became a rabbi because of the Lubavitch movement.

The Chief Rabbi told more than 150 guests: "In April 1968, I attended the opening of the first Lubavitch building with others and it was the connection made at that wonderful occasion that drew myself and Elaine [Lady Sacks] into the ambit of Chabad Lubavitch. And it changed our lives. I would not be a rabbi, let alone the Chief Rabbi, if Lubavitch did not hold out its hand to me.

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TfL rejects Golders Green-Stamford Hill bus

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

A bridge-building exercise with the Orthodox community by Transport for London officials has been dismissed as a "sham" after suggestions for enhancements in services were rejected.

During a meeting in February called by TfL to improve relations and discuss transport issues, TfL officers pledged to "get discussion going" on a range of issues.

These included relaxing parking restrictions on Shabbat and High Holy-Days, introducing public buses for Jewish school pupils and extending the 210 Brent Cross-Finsbury Park bus route to Stamford Hill.

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Side by Side pondering Kisharon merger

By Robyn Rosen, April 29, 2010

The new management of the Side by Side special needs school in Stamford Hill is contemplating a merger with Kisharon in Golders Green in a bid to resolve Side by Side's financial problems.

Yossel Margulies and David Freeman, two of the new team, spoke this week of their efforts to rescue the charity from financial ruin.

Last year, a site purchased by Side by Side for a new school was repossessed after the former management was unable to keep up loan payments.

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Hackney North and Stoke Newington: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 22, 2010

Only in Stamford Hill would you see a posse of bearded Hasidim adorned with party political rosettes, their pockets stuffed with election leaflets.

With the general election on the horizon the strictly Orthodox community — the biggest in Europe — is playing a major role.

Part of the Labour-dominated Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency, the “Hill” is reckoned by local figures to be one place where both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats might improve their performances.

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Charedi plan to buy Skinners' School

By Leon Symons, March 18, 2010

Hackney's Charedi community is to renew its efforts to buy the old Skinners' School after councillors rejected a home-building plan for the site.

The planning sub-committee voted 5-4 against Berkeley Homes' proposal to knock down the school and build luxury homes. The decision was greeted with delight by local Charedim who packed the public gallery.

Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities maintain that the site should remain in educational use.

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