Stamford Hill’s Jewish leaders want apology from High Court judge over comments on fraud and tax evasion

PUBLISHED: 17:51 06 August 2018

A general view of a Stamford Hill street. Picture: Polly Hancock

A general view of a Stamford Hill street. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

Jewish leaders have asked a High Court QC to withdraw his comments about benefit fraud and tax evasion within Stamford Hill’s Haredi community – and issue an apology.

Kyverdale Road. Picture: Polly HancockKyverdale Road. Picture: Polly Hancock

Miriam Kliers alleged in court that a house she and her husband Shlomo bought in Kyverdale Road had been put in the name of her younger brother Mordechai Schmerler so they could claim housing benefit.

She also claimed some of the money used to buy the £418,000 home was purported charitable donations but was in fact her wages, which had been disguised to avoid paying tax.

During the property hearing, brought to light in last week’s Gazette, QC Murray Rosen said: “This was influence within this particular sect. It was influence which purported to have the backing of religious leadership, incredible though that may sound, and it was influence exerted by dominant males within this family and this society.

“To be confronted by a plan of this nature which, on the evidence, is common practice amongst esteemed and respected religious and community leaders, is one which must cause very great concern to any court seeking to administer the law and the process of justice and legal remedy in this country if not elsewhere.”

But Mr Rosen said he wouldn’t want to speculate on how the defendants would respond to allegations about “rampant illegality” in Stamford Hill’s Haredi community.

Now the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations – an umbrella group headquartered in Stamford Hill that has more than 6,000 members from Haredi communities – has hit back.

The group said in a statement: “We are disappointed to read of Mr Rosen’s reported remarks about our community, which are based on a single testimony.

“The Rabbinate places the utmost importance on upholding the law of the land and does not condone any activity which runs contrary to it.

“On this basis, we question the basis of his offensive generalisation.

“We are unaware of any other such cases and would ask Mr Rosen QC to withdraw his comments as a matter of urgency and issue a fulsome apology.”

Related articles

Latest Hackney Stories


Middlesex’s Robbie White admitted it had been a frustrating second day for them in their County Championship Division Two contest at Northamptonshire on Monday.

Yesterday, 21:10

The Arsenal U23, now led by Freddie Ljungberg, took on Brighton U23 at the Emirates. Read on for Layth Yousif’s on-the-whistle match report.

Yesterday, 20:57

Arsenal U23s led by Freddie Ljungberg took on Brighton U23s at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Yesterday, 18:35

A fine bowling display from Northamptonshire’s seamers forced Middlesex to follow-on at Wantage Road on the second day of their Division Two match.

Yesterday, 17:00

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager spoke for five minutes and 12 seconds uninterrupted towards the end of his press conference on Saturday

Yesterday, 16:00

The 32-year-old offered an honest assessment on Saturday’s clash between O’s and Boreham Wood

Yesterday, 15:44

A left-turn ban from Mare Street into Richmond Road has resulted in 13,819 tickets being dished out in just two months, the Gazette can reveal.

Yesterday, 12:00

Justin Edinburgh praised Craig Clay after the victory over Boreham Wood and provided an update on James Brophy


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists