We help Jewish individuals living in the UK or elsewhere in the EU who have taken the decision to explore living beyond their present Ultra-Orthodox community. We are a warm community of like-minded people and offer non-judgmental, confidential support.

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GesherEU News

Hackney publish Investigation into unregistered educational settings

In preparation for its meeting on Monday15 January 2018, the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission published its report last Friday. You can read our response here

On the BBC Sunday programme, Chris Kennedy, chair of Hackney Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Commission gave an interview which you can hear here.

Healthy Relationship Workshops

Professionals ran two workshops for members enabling participants to discuss relationship issues in a safe environment, to examine personal interactions and develop confidence and self esteem.

Read what one of the participants wrote here.

Manchester Transgender Judgment - GesherEU Press Release

Following the publication of the Judgment in the case where the transgender father sought face to face contact with his children that still reside in the North Manchester ultra-orthodox Jewish community, GesherEU published the following press release.

The Stamford Hill £1m fund raising event

In August 2016 a fund raising even in Stamford Hill aimed to raise £1m to enable the Charedi community fight legal cases where they think children are at risk of being removed from the community by one of their parents. See Jewish Chronical Report. Despite this, recently released Family Court Judgments show that the Judge expects the Charedi community to support the children "to understand that they will inevitably have these different experiences in their lives with their father [who has left the community] and to be accepting rather than rejecting as a consequence. They need the [Charedi] community to recognise and acknowledge the importance of their father's role in their lives".

Our Specialist Volunteers

We have the services of a social worker with experience within the family court system and family solicitors in London and Manchester with whom members can talk informally.


3 weeks ago

Want to find out more about what GesherEU does? Watch our short film, originally made to mark the Day of Choice, here: ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

October 27 Day of ChoiceThe international Day of Choice is an annual event, which takes place every 27th October, to raise awareness of the issues facing people who leave ultra-Orthodox communities across the world. GesherEU is part of a global movement for change. Together with our sister organisations in the US, Europe, Israel and Australia, we want to ensure that everyone who leaves gets the social, emotional, educational and practical support they need to live a life of their choosing, despite the many obstacles they face. We also campaign for societal and legislative change. The terrible events in Israel mean that, this year, our celebrations are muted, but we feel it is still important to mark the day. For the Day of Choice 2023, we have made a short film explaining what we do and celebrating the achievements of our members. We will be showing this film at a future event for members, and at screenings for the wider community and funders.You can see the short version of the film below. To view the whole film, see: you to Motti, Moishy, Chaim and Sarah for taking part in our documentary.Thank you to Turquoise TV for producing the film.Day of Choice website: ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Thinking of everyone in Israel. We are with you. ... See MoreSee Less