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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Telegraph: Thousand boys disappear from school system

Young Jews made to attend illegal 'yeshivas' where no traditional subjects are taught and pupils are told that "everything outside is bad and evil"

Stamford Hill has a large Orthodox Jewish community
Stamford Hill has a large Orthodox Jewish community Photo: Alamy
As many as a thousand boys aged 13 to 16 have disappeared from the registered school system in East London after their parents sent them to illegal religious schools where English is not spoken and academic subjects are not taught.
Government documents obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper say that many of the schools are “operating illegally and without the most basic health, safety and child welfare checks”.
Many boys in the Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill, London, “will stop secular studies at the age of 13 or 14 and start attending ‘yeshivas’ where the curriculum is solely religious,” the documents say.
Between 800 and 1000 boys aged between 13 and 16 are “missing” from the school system in the borough of Hackney alone, the papers add.
Undercover filming by Dispatches in and around the schools shows the boys packed more than 50 to a classroom in dirty, run-down buildings, some converted houses. More than a hundred boys were filmed going in to an illegal school in Lynmouth Road, Stamford Hill, arriving from 7.30 in the morning and leaving late at night. The establishment is believed to be one of twelve illegal schools in the neighbourhood.


  1. Scandalous behaviour.

    Quite apart from the monumental chilul H', outright sheker (lies), and breaking the dina demalchusa, all of which jointly and severly are more than sufficient grounds for not even starting out on such a journey, where is the fulfillment of the obligation to teach your son a proffession?

    The rabbonim of SH should hang their heads' in shame for condoning such activities, and the tzadikkim in EY & USA should put their houses in order before encouraging illegal - halachicall and civily - activities. As an absolute minimum, they must insist that under no circumstances can lies be said, and any activities which are able to be discovered should be banned.

    Nobody says you should not learn, but no halocho or mesorah says it is permitted to learn through lies and chilul H, R' litzlon.