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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.


We are excited to be to be part of a wonderful new initiative from יוצאים לשינוי. The Day of Choice is on October 27. Details to follow! #day_of_choiceGesherEU members are invited to join us for a walking tour this Sunday 24th October looking at the many statues and public spaces in London. Get in touch for details. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago  ·  

As the lockdown continues, we continue our weekly meet-ups on Zoom, featuring our own talents, guest speakers, gaming nights and more. Join us tomorrow night for Quiz night! ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

The Netflix series Unorthodox continues to attract attention. We have just posted another review on our website by Miriam who gives a very personal take on the series. Read it now:https://geshereu.org.uk/members-stories/… ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago  ·  

During the current situation we are continuing to keep in touch with each other via video conferencing. Tomorrow we are having a discussion prompted by the Netflix series 'Unorthodox'. What role do the dramatic arts have in telling the story of those who leave?We have posted a review of the series by one of our members here:https://www.geshereu.org.uk/the-arts/review-of-netflix-mini-series-unorthodox/You will also find on our site, a reaction to a visit to Fiddler on the Roof that the group made last year:https://www.geshereu.org.uk/the-arts/on-seeing-fiddler-on-the-roof-for-the-first-time/ ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·  

WINTER WEEKEND 2020In a beautiful location in the British countryside, we gathered together from all over the U.K. and beyond. We had our own home-baked food, games, and in true British fashion, a wet walk in the rain. We enjoyed meeting new members, chatting, and having informal lectures. And most of all we had a sense of community because to one another we are family. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·  

We are delighted to have received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for a new community building project. As a result, we are excited to announce that we will be retaining the services of a co-ordinator who will work with us to help strengthen our community. We can expect new exciting activities and experiences that will help members move on in their journeys.Keep an eye on this space to watch as these changes happen. This is a big step for us and we are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for helping make this possible.#NationalLottery #GesherEU ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago  ·