Haredi

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Women Make Uphill Battle For Parliament

03/02/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem - Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith.

Haredi Newspaper Edits Female Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March

Now you see them, now you don't.

01/12/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Of the 44 world leaders who marched in Paris on Sunday to express solidarity with France, none of them were women — or, at least, that's what the haredi Israeli newspaper HaMevaser would have you believe. 

Haredi newspaper edits female world leaders out of Paris rally photo. Via walla.co.il

El Al Faces Uproar Over Haredim’s Refusal To Sit Near Women

09/30/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — For approximately a half hour at the beginning of her El Al Israel Airlines flight last week from New York to Tel Aviv, Elana Sztokman watched as the haredi Orthodox man seated next to her rushed up and down the aisle searching for someone willing to switch seats so he wouldn’t have to sit beside her.

'This American Life' Vs. Tablet On East Ramapo Schools Row

Is a chasidic board gutting the public schools? How two investigations came to different conclusions.

09/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The conflict-ridden East Ramapo school board has had plenty of news coverage since chasidic Jews gained a majority and began slashing the budget. Public school parents accuse the board of gutting the district of property, personnel and programs in order to keep taxes low. The board, whose members send their children to private yeshivas, counters that reductions are due to cuts in state funding and that any board — chasidic or not — would be doing the same.

School activists and a board member face off during a meeting in East Ramapo. Courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz/This American Life

This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle

Iconic public radio show dives into debate over chasidic-run public school district.

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

This American Life, the popular radio show known for its quirky, in-depth programs, will air an hour-long program on the conflict-ridden East Ramapo Central Schools District this weekend.

This American Life dives into the East Ramapo schools controversy in this week's episode. Courtesy of This American Life

This American Life Takes On East Ramapo School Kerfuffle

Iconic public radio show dives into debate over chasidic-run public school district.

09/10/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

This American Life, the popular radio show known for its quirky, in-depth programs, will air an hour-long program on the conflict-ridden East Ramapo Central Schools District this weekend.

This American Life delves into the East Ramapo schools controversy Saturday. Courtesy of This American Life

From Brooklyn With Love

Haredi community rallies around Chattanooga family converting to Judaism.

06/02/2014 - 20:00

Just in time for Shavuot, with its reading of the Book of Ruth about Judaism’s first convert, a modern-day conversion of a Tennessee family of 12 has prompted an outpouring of support from a Brooklyn haredi community.

The McJunkins of Tennessee, former Baptists, all converted to Judaism in a Brooklyn ceremony this week.  Eli Wohl/VIN News

East Ramapo Schools Fight

Orthodox social action group Uri L’Tzedek joins call for state oversight of haredi-controlled school district.

04/06/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

An Orthodox social justice group has joined the call for state intervention in the East Ramapo school district, where the haredi-controlled board is accused of siphoning taxpayer money to private yeshivas. 

A 2011 protest against East Ramapo school board's deep budget cuts. Courtesy of The Power of Ten

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

Women Of The Wall Blocked From Kotel

07/07/2013 - 20:00

JERUSALEM – Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with occasional disturbance from protesters, but were quarantined far from the wall itself.

Women of the Wall gathered Monday morning to celebrate the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall
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