How Auschwitz reminded me to never forget

By Joshua Rocker, January 29, 2015

We were told it was OK to cry, but maybe we should have been told it was just as acceptable not to cry. I went last month on Immanuel College's sixth form trip to Poland willing to weep, but unable to do so in what I had anticipated would be the most affecting places, such as the gas chambers at Majdanek.


Educational trust proposes pluralist primary in Elstree

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Two young education workers are formulating a proposal for a pluralist, inclusive Jewish primary school in Borehamwood in the light of growing waiting lists for Jewish schools in nearby areas.

Tal Landsman and Ben Lewis, both 25, have set up the LL educational trust to submit their free school plans to the Department for Education in May.

Mr Landsman, the operations director for Kool Kidz Je


Learning with Leo Baeck

By Simon Rocker, January 29, 2015

Leo Baeck College has branched out into adult education with a new evening syllabus.

Around 50 people have signed up to the college's Lehrhaus programme since it opened last autumn.

"We're really pleased by the numbers," said Leo Baeck principal Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris.


Good showing for Jewish secondary schools in new league tables

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The top performing Jewish secondary school in England is north London’s Yavneh College, according to A-level results revealed today.

Department of Education statistics released on Thursday show that the Borehamwood academy came joint 84th in A-level results last year, with an average score per pupil of 255.6 – the equivalent of a B grade.


'Ofsted is unfair to Jewish schools'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2015

Ofsted is unfairly targeting Jewish schools, according to one of its own inspectors.

Rabbi Nessanel Lieberman, a registered inspector since 2009, told a meeting of Jewish primary teachers that the education watchdog had “an agenda to knock down our schools, starting with JFS last summer. We are now in the situation where Ofsted is looking for a pretext for inspectors just to turn up.”


Government backs down over school milk and meat ruling

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2015

The Department for Education has amended a new initiative calling on schools to mix meat and dairy at lunchtime, following complaints from the Board of Deputies.


David Cameron announces new Holocaust memorial will be built in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

A national Holocaust memorial and learning centre will be built in central London, David Cameron has pledged.

Announcing a range of measures on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister said Britain was making a “bold statement” about the importance it puts on preserving the memory of the Holocaust.


Eric Pickles praises Polish resistance war effort

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles praised Polish resistance on a visit to Warsaw Zoo today, where more than 300 Jews were hidden during the Holocaust.

He commended Jan Żabiński, who was director of the zoo during the Nazi occupation of Poland, for saving the lives of Jews.


Chasidic school under threat over failing to teach secular subjects

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

The fate of one of the largest Chasidic schools in the country hangs in the balance after it failed an Ofsted inspection test.

Talmud Torah Yetev Lev, an independent school for 794 boys aged from three to 12, run by the Satmar sect, had already been warned by the Department for Education to improve its premises and provision for the welfare and safety of children after an emergency inspection i


A funny thing happened while I learned Hebrew

By Naomi Firsht, January 22, 2015

A pair of Israeli expats in Brighton have written a book to help you and your children learn Hebrew, while raising a few smiles at the same time.

Co-author Yael Breuer, a charity worker who has been teaching Hebrew privately for over 20 years, based Hilarious Hebrew on her tried and tested method of making up silly sentences to help pupils remember vocabulary.

Ms Breuer said that there were