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.
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.
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.
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.
Hackney Council has ordered the closure of a 260-pupil strictly Orthodox girls' school in Stamford Hill.
The council has issued an enforcement notice against Beis Trana School in Upper Clapton Road, giving it until August to stop using the school and play area and to remove play equipment and portacabins.