Stamford Hill

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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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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